Sunday September 1 2013
Conte stopped Quagliarella-Arsenal?

According to the latest reports, Arsenal had a €9m deal for Fabio Quagliarella until Juventus Coach Antonio Conte pulled the plug.

Italian transfer expert Tancredi Palmeri made the revelations this afternoon, though the actual events are said to have happened on Friday.

It’s claimed Arsenal had a basic agreement in place with Juventus to buy striker Quagliarella for €9m – approximately £7.6m.

However, at that precise moment Conte was giving a Press conference in which he bitterly complained at the sales of Alessandro Matri to Milan and Emanuele Giaccherini to Sunderland.

Reiterating he needed all his forwards and had been “forced” to accept these decisions, Conte pointed out the team had been “weakened.”

News filtered through to the Juve directors, who after a quick phone conversation with Conte had to tell Arsenal the Quagliarella deal was off.

Quagliarella has also been linked with West Ham and clubs in Qatar, but with Matri’s departure it seems as if he will remain in Turin.

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