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Friday July 1 2011
Marotta talks Juve transfers

Beppe Marotta has revealed Juventus' transfer plans for this summer – where he admitted interest in Sergio Aguero, Mirko Vucinic and Arturo Vidal.

In an interview with Tuttosport, the director confirmed the club's intention to spend very big on one player before the new campaign starts.

"We want to spend wisely," noted the transfer official. "We have clear ideas and it's now just a matter of timing.

"We are ready to spend a large part of our budget on one player, even if other factors then have to be taken into consideration – like salaries.

"Aguero, for example, benefits from tax breaks in Spain with Atletico Madrid that he wouldn't get in Italy.

"If someone poaches Aguero from us then it will only be because of an economical offer that we are in no position to match."

The Argentine is the club's primary transfer target, but he's not alone.

"Alexis Sanchez would fit in well with the football of Coach Antonio Conte, as Aguero would," the former Sampdoria man added. "The others a little less.

"Vucinic is someone we like and his arrival wouldn't block that of a top player. However, we haven't spoken to Roma yet – we have to trim our squad first."

Udinese's Sanchez looks set to join Barcelona though, while reports today claim that Chelsea could hijack Juve's move for Aguero.

"We have to admit that we did think about Edinson Cavani of Napoli, but we never considered an offer as we knew they'd ask for €50m," Marotta added.

"Javier Pastore of Palermo is not suitable for Conte's football."

Turning to the midfield, Juve are taking an interest in Lassana Diarra of Real Madrid and Bayer Levekusen's Vidal.

"They are both equally close to joining Juve," Marotta continued. "But joining us would be an objective for Vidal and he'll be hungrier for success than Diarra.

"We have quite a few midfielders already though and perhaps something will happen before pre-season begins.

"We hope to sell a few players before next Thursday, but it won't be possible to find new clubs for all by then."

Could Claudio Marchisio be sold? "His future was a point of analysis. We want to keep him, but things can change quickly in football."

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