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Thursday July 7 2011
Silvestre to Juve, Martinez to Catania?

Catania will hold talks with Juventus with regards to the futures of Matias Silvestre and Jorge Martinez.

The Argentine centre-back is of interest to the Old Lady, while Martinez doesn't seem to figure in the plans of new Juve boss Antonio Conte.

"I'll see and talk to [Juventus general director Beppe] Marotta on Friday," Catania chief Pietro Lo Monaco told Tuttosport.

"As far as I am concerned, Matias is one of the strongest centre-backs in the Italian championship. There is no doubt about that.

"He proved as much last season in a campaign where he also scored six goals. What more do you want from a defender?"

Lazio are understood to have made a €4m offer for Silvestre, but Catania value him at a higher price. "He's worth €8m."

Turning to Martinez, who Juve paid Catania12m for last summer, Lo Monaco seemed open to re-embracing the Uruguayan attacker.

"I'll tell Marotta that if he doesn't find a buyer and he wants to recycle Martinez then I'll step forward," the Rossoblu official added.

"I say recycle in a good way. I maintain that Jorge is a great player and he can regenerate in the right environment.

"However, I can't offer him the kind of wages that he earns at Juventus. I would need a little help [from Juve]…"

Martinez had an injury-hit campaign in Turin last season.

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