Thursday February 24 2011
Marotta to shop in Milan

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta will apparently go shopping in Milan this summer with a view to signing Andrea Pirlo and Davide Santon.

Pirlo is out of contract at Milan in the summer and has yet to agree a new contract with Adriano Galliani, leading to speculation about his future at the club.

The 31-year-old would offer a low cost alternative to Alberto Aquilani, whose prospects of joining Juventus on a permanent basis from Liverpool are growing doubtful.

Juventus have an option to buy Aquilani, which is said to be worth €16m, but they are now balking at paying that price and there is a sense that, despite his age, Pirlo represents better value.

Marotta also feels that Santon could help solve Juventus' problems at left-back. The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Cesena until the end of the season.

His future at San Siro looks doubtful after Inter signed Japan international Yuto Nagatomo in the January transfer window.

Santon already faces competition from Cristian Chivu and Javier Zanetti for his position and isn't likely to get regular first team football.

La Gazzetta understands Juventus made inquiries in January, only for Inter to make the ridiculous suggestion that Claudio Marchisio form part of the deal.

However, Marotta is hopeful that by offering either Momo Sissoko or Felipe Melo in exchange, Inter will be tempted to let their fine academy product leave for Turin.

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