Thursday June 21 2012
Juve deny Siena-Destro pact

Juventus insist they have nothing to do with Siena’s decision to sign a half share in striker Mattia Destro.

The Tuscan outfit took up their option to net a 50 per cent cut in the player from Genoa, the club who were hoping to keep full control of him before moving him on to Inter.

“Destro has a profile that we like,” Old Lady director general Beppe Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. “We are following the situation, but we are not behind Siena’s stance.

“All we are doing is watching developments because we don’t know yet with which club we should negotiate with.

“We are not looking for stars or top players, we want those who can fit into the team who can make a difference today and tomorrow.

“Is Destro one of those? Yes.”

Destro, an Italian Under-21 international, scored 12 goals in the top flight during the 2011-12 campaign.

Juventus have been busy on the transfer market and the club have virtually done a deal to sign Sebastian Giovinco from Parma, while they are also trying to sell.

Giovinco is ready to play for Juventus,” Marotta added. “However, it would not be right to compare him with Alex Del Piero.

“Sebastian was a player with potential and today he has become a reality. There are a few details to sort out with Parma, but I’m optimistic that a deal will be done soon.

“Felipe Melo and Eljero Elia? Melo is liked by clubs in Turkey, while we are still talking about Elia.”