Thursday May 24 2012
Parma or Juventus for Giovinco

Sebastian Giovinco has told Parma that he’d like to stay at the club or move back to Juventus in the summer.

The Italian’s future is in some doubt as he is co-owned between both sides, while other clubs are interested in his signature.

“A lot of sides have asked us about Giovinco, but there are no real offers on the table,” Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi has told Sky Sport Italia after today’s links with Inter.

“We firstly need to speak with Juventus. That will happen soon so that we can sort out his co-ownership status. There will be plenty of time for other scenarios.”

When pushed for an opinion on what he believes will happen to the Italian international, Ghirardi spoke of two possibilities.

“I think that he’ll either stay here with us of re-join Juventus. They are the most likely outcomes. But then if a club wants to offer a lot of money then anything can happen, but these are difficult financial times.

“I’ve spoken to Sebastian and he told me that he wants to stay here or go to Juventus.

“We don’t have the need to generate money and a lot will depend on what Juventus want to do. He is good enough to get into the first team at a side like Juve, but we have to understand if the Bianconeri are convinced of his ability.”

Ghirardi has recently valued Giovinco at around the €40m mark and he’s sticking by that estimate.

“The market dictates prices, but I have no fear in saying that he is worth as much as Javier Pastore. I think he is better than the Argentine and he’s as good as Alexis Sanchez.”

Pastore left Palermo for Paris Saint-Germain last summer for €43m, while Barcelona netted Sanchez from Udinese for an initial €26m – but that figure could eventually rise to €37.5m.

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