Sunday August 30 2015
Juve: 'Never close to Draxler'

Beppe Marotta insists Juventus “were never really that close” to Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, who is heading to Wolfsburg.

A deal had reportedly been done last night for €26m plus €6m bonuses, but suddenly Bundesliga side Wolfsburg emerged to snatch his signature.

“We were not surprised at all, because we knew there was only a slim chance we would get Draxler,” Bianconeri director Marotta told Mediaset Premium.

“We had already heard about these developments over the last few days. We knew it was a complex operation for us.

“His possible arrival was emphasised by the media, as I don’t know on what basis they were reporting of an imminent transfer. The football world is like a bar with constant unfounded stories going round and you can’t stop to deny every one.

“Draxler was a concrete objective, but some time ago. We have quality players, but unfortunately injuries are always around the corner, so as of today the squad is incomplete.”

A deal is reportedly done with Olympique Marseille for Mario Lemina.

“I won’t name names. We face deadline day fairly satisfied.”

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