Monday December 6 2010
'Juve face competition for Maxi'

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta admits that signing a player of Maxi Lopez's calibre will not be easy, especially amid great competition.

The 26-year-old Argentine striker is rumoured to be one of Juventus' top transfer targets in the January transfer window, although Marotta is remaining coy.

Interviewed on Sky Italia, he said: "We aren't the only ones who like him. But there has been no contact with Catania and I don't think there will be any soon.

"First we must make judgements between ourselves. Let's say that we haven't been able to count on Amauri, an important striker who we have missed.

"We must improve the squad in terms of quality. Our objective is that of reinforcing this squad. We must evaluate two things: the first is the opportunities that present themselves and the second is the financial aspect, as we can't do big business in this transfer window."

Asked about other reported targets like Alessandro Matri and Giampaolo Pazzini, he said: "They are players who could form part of an important team like Juventus or Milan.

"Right now the strategy doesn't foresee important investments, but in June or July anything can happen and Matri and Pazzini are super interesting elements for a team like Juventus."

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