Monday January 21 2013
Juventus: Llorente yes, Cavani no

Juventus transfer chief Beppe Marotta is confident of signing Fernando Llorente for 2013-14, but insisted that Edinson Cavani is an impossible dream.

Juve are believed to be on the verge of agreeing personal terms with the Spanish international who will be available on a Bosman from Athletic Bilbao in June.

“We are interested in Llorente,” he told Radio 24. “I’m hopeful and optimistic that we can define everything, but he’ll only arrive in the summer.

“For now we are looking at any opportunities to improve a squad that won the Scudetto – if any exist.

“Napoli striker Cavani? He’s unreachable for us and any other Italian side,” he said of the €63m valued striker. “He can only be signed by the Arabs or Russians.”

The Old Lady recovered from a slow start to 2013 with a 4-0 win over Udinese on Saturday thanks to a Paul Pogba brace.

“He’s a young talent who has to confirm himself,” the former Sampdoria director continued. “He’s shown what he is made of, now it’s up to what is in the player’s head.

“But I can vouch for him, he’s a good lad, an educated one with a sporting culture.”

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