Thursday April 11 2013
Crespo: 'I nearly joined Juve'

Hernan Crespo reveals he was “very close to joining Juventus in 1995” until Omar Sivori discouraged Marcello Lippi.

The Argentine hitman had a glorious Serie A career with Parma, Lazio, Inter, Milan and Genoa, at one stage holding the world record transfer fee at £35m.

“I remember I was very close to joining Juventus in 1995,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“The Bianconeri came to Argentina on tour and everyone was there: Luciano Moggi, Antonio Giraudo, Lippi and Roberto Bettega.

“They had already seen many tapes of my performances and had decided to buy me. Lippi winked and told me to start learning Italian.

“However, it all collapsed because Sivori said there were many strikers like Crespo around the place. The Juve directors sided with him and went back to Italy without me.”

Instead, River Plate sold Crespo to Parma in 1996.

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