Monday May 30 2016
Marotta ‘very optimistic’ over Alves

Beppe Marotta has dropped his biggest hint yet that Juventus could sign Dani Alves from Barcelona as “I’m very optimistic”.

Alves has been heavily linked with Juve in recent days, despite the right-back’s contract with Barca not expiring for another year, and Marotta made it clear the Bianconeri had “focused their attentions on him”, while shooting down speculation Stephan Lichtsteiner could make way.

“We want to win our sixth [Serie A] title and do our best in Europe, this is why we want to do our best on the market,” the general manager was quoted as saying by Calciomercato.

“Dani Alves? We’ve focused our attentions on him. If his availability came up, we’d try to negotiate a contractual relationship with him. From this point of view, we’re very optimistic, but Lichtsteiner is staying, no question.

“[On Alvaro Morata], we met [Florentino] Perez, but we didn’t talk [about Morata]. We’ll talk [about him] next week in a meeting for the purposes of clarification.

“He’s a player we’re focused on, but there’s also this sword of Damocles [referring to his clause].

“We’ll try to keep him here, but we need to see what Real Madrid’s interests are. There may also be other interesting situations for the Spanish club.

“[Javier Mascherano and Andre Gomes] are difficult, even if they’re two very interesting players.

“We’ll retouch the squad with a few additions, but ones of great quality. We also have to downsize [the squad] because of the FIGC’s new requirements.”

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