Saturday August 20 2016
Marotta: Cuadrado in, Zaza out

Beppe Marotta confirmed Juventus are “optimistic” over Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea, while there’s still time to sell Simone Zaza.

The director of sport spoke to Mediaset Premium ahead of tonight’s Serie A opener against Fiorentina. You can follow the action on the LIVEBLOG.

“I hope that over the next few days we can conclude the Cuadrado deal,” said Marotta.

The Colombian was not even on the bench for today’s 2-1 win away to Watford, fuelling reports he’ll arrive on loan for €3.5m.

“For now he is a Chelsea player. We presented a proposal to them and are waiting for a response, but we are optimistic.”

The race is still on to find a midfielder to replace Paul Pogba, although it may well be two.

“We are seeking a player who is suitable for our team. We also hope that within two months Claudio Marchisio will be back at our disposal.”

Zaza’s transfer to Wolfsburg collapsed at the last minute, but there is still interest from West Ham United and Milan.

“We spoke to Zaza. The transfer is not a punishment, but he would undoubtedly find more space elsewhere,” continued Marotta.

“There was the Wolfsburg idea, but it all fell apart. Over the final 10 days of the transfer window, we’ve got all the time to find him a new club.”