Wednesday September 12 2012
Juve still pondering transfers

The transfer window may have closed but Juventus are still working to strengthen the squad, says director general Beppe Marotta.

“We are continuing to monitor interesting players and we’ll decide whether to make any moves in January,” stated the official.

Marotta and Co spent the whole summer looking for a new striker, but failed in bids to net Robin Van Persie, Stevan Jovetic or Fernando Llorente.

While the Dutchman has now been lost to Manchester United, the Fiorentina and Athletic Bilbao men are still on their radar.

“We have looked for players with a certain profile and Jovetic fits that, but he is a Fiorentina player and the Viola will decide his future. Llorente? We are continuing to work.”

Juve eventually opted to take Niklas Bendtner on loan from Arsenal, a player who has a number of question marks against his quality.

“The first judgements from Conte on Bendtner are very positive,” Marotta added. “He’s a youngster who wants to do well.”

The Turin giants also rubbished reports that they are interested in Lazio stopper Modibo Diakite after he rejected a new deal in Rome.

“There are usually a lot of bombastic headlines about us and we get linked with moves that I can categorically deny.

“For example, we have not talked to Diakite. He is a Lazio player and won’t be coming to Juventus.”

Marotta also spoke about boss Antonio Conte’s appeal to the TNAS tribunal, set for September 21, in his effort to get his 10-month touchline ban scrapped or reduced.

“We are super optimistic about the TNAS hearing,” he noted.