Thursday June 21 2012
Still no Juve deal for Verratti

Pescara have cooled speculation that they have agreed a deal with Juventus over the sale of Marco Verratti.

The Old Lady want to sign the player after his stunning campaign in Serie B for the Second Division champions.

“I can categorically deny that a deal with Juve has been done,” director Antonio Martino told Radio CRC. “The conditions are not in place for an agreement to be concluded.

“The boy has given his approval to a Juventus move and we wanted to please him, but we could now take him off the transfer market altogether.”

Juventus want to buy a half-share in the 19-year-old which would allow him to remain with his hometown club for another season. But they are not the only club keen…

“Napoli? We’ve never denied the fact that we’ve been in contact with them. Let’s just wait and see how the situation evolves.”

Verratti, an Under-21 international, is a central midfielder.

Juventus are expected to hold further talks with Pescara later today.