Thursday January 30 2014
Marotta: 'Osvaldo, Vucinic opportunities'

Juventus chief Beppe Marotta confirmed Dani Osvaldo “is an opportunity,” but Mirko Vucinic’s future “is up to him.”

The Bianconeri general manager spoke to journalists at the TMW Awards this evening and naturally was asked about the latest transfer deals.

These include Southampton striker Osvaldo and offers from Arsenal, Monaco and Valencia for Vucinic.

“It is a transfer window in which Juventus have no need to repair anything and I say that with pride,” smiled Marotta.

“We are evaluating all the opportunities and Osvaldo is undoubtedly an opportunity for everyone. He is an Italian player who will go to the World Cup, so we look at him with interest, but as of today there is nothing.”

Today Vucinic’s agent declared he would not be joining Arsenal, as he was determined to remain at Juventus.

“Vucinic was at the centre of that intrigue with Inter and had accepted the move, so now he has to decide his future,” added Marotta.

“We respect him, he has some good opportunities open to him and it’s up to him now.”

If Vucinic does not leave, then that is bound to stop the Bianconeri bringing in Osvaldo.

“We have five strikers, but there is a day and a half left before the deadline, so we’ll evaluate the situation hour by hour.”

Marotta was also asked about Paul Pogba, who is said to be a huge target for Paris Saint-Germain.

“We will meet his representatives to discuss the new contract, but it’s not a problem. He already has a contract with us and the player realises Juventus is his natural habitat to continue growing.”