In response to Benfica’s threat of legal action over an illegal approach for Luisao, Juventus have reportedly made clear their position.
The Bianconeri have been linked in the last week with a move for the 33-year-old defender, and were even reported as having already reached agreement over a three-year contract.
However, both the Old Lady and Luisao’s apparent attempts to force through a deal, in which Benfica release the centre-back for no fee, have failed and instead drawn the Portuguese outfit’s ire.
The Gazzetta dello Sport today reiterate that this is the situation and that it has Benfica requesting that Juve first present an offer to them and that the player first deals with them, else FIFA will be called in.
The Gazzetta report also that Juve explain that the blame should lie with Luisao, and that it was he who initiated contact between the parties, ‘expressing his desire to end his career at a big club like Juventus’.
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