Saturday January 19 2013
Marotta: 'Advanced talks for Llorente'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta confirms they are “at an advanced stage” for Fernando Llorente and will not sell Arturo Vidal.

There were reports this week that Athletic Bilbao star Llorente’s representatives were in Turin thrashing out the final details of a contract, as he will be a free agent in June.

“We are looking to the future and monitored those players who will be out of contract, among them the Basque striker, who we are at an advanced stage with.”

There were also rumours in the media that Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were planning big money offers for Vidal.

“We have received requests for our players, but are generally more accustomed to buying than selling,” added Marotta.

“It’s no real surprise that Bayern want him, but there are no offers.”