Thursday May 12 2011
Juve meet with Real Madrid

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta reportedly had lunch with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez earlier today.

Numerous sources in Italy are reporting the story which has unsurprisingly kick-started the transfer rumour mill.

It is claimed that Marotta, accompanied by his assistant Fabio Paratici, discussed numerous players with the Spanish chief.

The Old Lady are looking to strengthen the side over the summer after a problematic campaign under the guidance of Gigi Del Neri.

According to the stories, Juventus enquired about the status of strikers Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and midfielder Lassana Diarra.

However, the stories suggest that talks also revolved around a couple of Juve players who are apparently of interest to the Liga giants.

Defender Giorgio Chiellini, who has been paired with the Madrid outfit over the years, is liked by Real although he recently committed his future to the Bianconeri.

While it is even being claimed that Real may be interested in Amauri, a striker who boss Jose Mourinho has admired in the past.

The Brazilian-born Italian international will return to Juventus at the end of the season following his successful loan move to Parma in January.