Thursday, June 25, 2009

Juventus Target Robert Acquafresca Has Picked Atalanta - Agent

Robert Acquafresca - Cagliari-Torino - Serie A (Grazia Neri)

As suggested in the Italian press this morning, Genoa and Italy Under-21 centre forward Robert Acquafresca has decided to join Atalanta on a season-long loan.

“We have communicated it to Genoa and they have taken three days to make a decision,” agent Paolo Fabbri told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Of course, the Rossoblu own his registration and they will have the final word.”

There have been suggestions in recent days that Juventus were pondering a bid for the 21-year-old, possibly as part of the deal that will see Genoa sign defender Domenico Criscito in a co-ownership agreement.

And a possible scenario is that Juve acquire Acquafresca’s rights before loaning him out to Atalanta.

“I am not aware of this, but it could be a possibility,” replied Fabbri.

“But as I said, Genoa own the player and it’s up to them to find an agreement with other clubs.

“Robert has chosen Atalanta because they were very close to capturing him last summer. It was practically a done deal, but [Inter president Massimo] Moratti opposed the move.”

Acquafresca was still owned by Inter until a few weeks ago, but the Italian champions sold him on to Genoa in the deal for South American pair Diego Milito and Thiago Motta.

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Zanetti stays on at Juve

Juventus midfielder Cristiano Zanetti has revealed he is not on the market this summer and will see out his contract with the club.

The 32-year-old spent most of last season out injured and only made 12 appearances for the Bianconeri in Serie A.

Reports claim Genoa are interested in signing him, as they look to add experience to their team ahead of next season.

“I still have a year to run on my contract and I want to play all my cards right to dispute a great season with the Bianconera jersey,” Zanetti told

“I hope to repay the affection of the fans, who were close to me in the most difficult moments during my time out injured on the sidelines.

“I am well again now and I can't wait to make myself available to Ciro Ferrara,” he concluded.
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Marino: Napoli Would Consider Selling Santacroce To Juventus

Fabiano Santacroce - Napoli (Grazia Neri)

Juventus have been strongly linked to Napoli’s Fabiano Santacroce for a number of weeks now, although the latest reports suggest that there haven’t been any developments as the clubs are yet to discuss the issue at hand.

Having said that, what looked like only being a dream a few days ago could now turn into a reality, as the sporting director at the Partenopei, Pierpaolo Marino, has opened the door for Juve to approach his club.

“Juventus have never asked us for the player,” Marino affirmed in an interview with Radio Marte.

“If there was a proposal that we could think about, we would, but so far there is nothing for us to consider.”

There have been some signs recently to suggest that the talented defender is set to leave the Azzurri, as he has fallen out of favour with the new coach Roberto Donadoni.

The signing of Hugo Campagnaro from Sampdoria could move things along, as he is a very similar player to Santacroce, whilst the imminent arrival of Paolo De Ceglie from Juventus could also help to ease the deal.

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Rossi desires Italy return

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi would like to return to Italy, according to his agent Federico Pastorello.

The 22-year-old made a great impression at the Confederations Cup, scoring two great goals for Italy.

His performances caught the eye of Juventus, who have since acknowledged their interest in signing him.

Rossi started his career with Parma before moving to Manchester United in 2004.

He returned to the Gialloblu on loan in 2007 before United sold him to Spanish side Villarreal that summer.

“His is a complicated situation. He is fine where he is. We are negotiating a contract renewal with Villarreal,” Pastorello told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“Without a shadow of a doubt he is a player, who at the moment in which a call from a big club arrives he would respond as being ready, willing and able.

“If this club were to be Italian, so much the better, because he feels Italian in every way,” Pastorello concluded.
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