Friday September 7 2012
Ogbonna & Llorente on Juve radar

Juventus have admitted an interest in Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna and confirmed that they are still monitoring Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao.

Speaking with Tuttosport on Friday, director general Beppe Marotta was asked about the club’s future transfer plans.

Centre-back Ogbonna is set to start for Italy tonight, alongside seven Juventus men, and he has a fan in the Bianconero official.

“He’s a talent,” Marotta noted. “If he was put on the market then a club like Juventus would have an obligation to be interested.”

Torino chief Urbano Cairo rates the defender, who can also play as a left-back, at around €20m.

Meanwhile, the official was asked to comment on Jose Mourinho’s belief that Juventus will net Llorente during the January transfer window.

“He may have some precise information, he is always well informed,” Marotta joked. “As long as he is on the market then he will certainly be of interest.

“We’ll look at our options in January – independently of Llorente.”

Marotta also assured fans that goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, contracted until June 2013, will soon sign a new deal.