Friday, July 3, 2009

Juventus Center: Works Moving Fast

The works at the Juventus Center are moving on with a steady pace and in accordance with the works scheme predicted. The works foresee two types of operation: on one side the construction of two stands for the supporters to be able to watch the training sessions of the first team and the matches of the youth sector and on the other the expansion of the building dedicated to the dressing rooms of the youth sector.

This last part of the works will allow for all the youngsters of the youth sector to train in one building and a few steps away from the first team. The company’s intention is to represent the importance of the youth sector as an incubator for future champions.

Engineer Riccardo Abrate spoke of the works in progress: "I would say we are on schedule and in accordance to the programme established. The first stand which can hold 200 persons and which overlooks field number 8 is practically ready and we must now finish the adjacent zone which will also include a bar intended for the families of the children and those who have access to the building".

"Everything will be ready and in operation for the September commitments as will also be the stand overlooking the first team’s training field (with approximately 400 seats) and the relevant parking lot".

The construction of the first floor of the building dedicated to the dressing rooms will take a bit longer but will also be ready by autumn. "Some maintenance works to the ground floor in view of the construction of the first floor have also been carried out – concluded Abrate – both in the sector dedicated to the first team and that dedicated to the youth sector".

"Even these, however, are about to be finished so as to enable the use of the ground floor dressing rooms as from mid-August while works on the first floor are being carried out in utmost safety".
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Buffon tied to Juve

Silvano Martina, the agent of Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, says his client has no intention of leaving Turin this summer.

The 31-year-old World Cup winner was the subject of a bid from nouveaux riche Manchester City in January, which he rejected.

“There isn't any doubt on Gigi. There was an approach. A deal in January with Manchester City, but leaving a club like Juventus is never easy, so his choice was to stay,” Martina said.

Buffon is the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Juventus paid Parma £32.5m for his services in 2001.

He is still considered to be the best in the world, although Inter's Julio Cesar is pushing him close.
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Lyon chase Trezegol

Olympique Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed his wish to replace Karim Benzema with David Trezeguet.

The French side sold their star man to Real Madrid yesterday for £30m and are now looking to Juventus’ bomber as a potential reinforcement to their attacking package.

“I would fancy signing Trezeguet,” noted Aulas.

Juve are more than willing to negotiate and the price tag shouldn’t be a problem as they are set to ask for around £8m. Lyon could also offer the services of Fabio Grosso, who has just recently been linked to the Old Lady.

“Fabio spoke to the Coach about leaving the club and we may let him,” Aulas told Le Progres.

“Losing Benzema was a big blow for us. The Spaniards offered him three times as much so we couldn’t really stop him.”

The former Ligue 1 champions also sold Abdul Kader Keita to Galatasaray for £6m and could use that money to get to Trezegol.

But the Frenchman isn’t their only target as they have also made enquires about Porto’s Lisandro Lopez, Toulouse’s Andre-Pierre Gignac and Nice’s Loïc Rémy.
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D'Ago has other offers

The chances of Juventus signing Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino are growing more distant by the hour as he apparently has other offers.

A deal for the 27-year-old Italy international broke down late last week after Juventus failed to meet Udinese's asking price.

Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli believes a transfer can still be done, but comments made this morning by Udinese director of sport Sergio Gasparin suggest it will be tough.

“The positions are the same as 15 days ago and in the next few days there are no meetings scheduled,” Gasparin said.

“We have had other requests for D'Agostino. Not on Milan's behalf and, in recent times, not on Inter's behalf either.

Earlier today, the Spanish Press claimed Liverpool are among the clubs interested in D'Agostino.

Asked if Udinese would sell D'Agostino by July 6, Gasparin replied: “Pozzo said this date because the team meets on Monday, but I repeat for the moment there is nothing and if he stays we are happy.”

In other news, Gasparin confirmed Parma have made an approach for Antonio Di Natale.

“There has been contact and there is interest for a deal, but nothing has yet been done,” he concluded.
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Juventus To Sell Trezeguet & Buy Pandev From Lazio

David Trezeguet - Juventus - Serie A (Grazia Neri)

The impending transfer of Olympique Lyon striker Karim Benzema to Real Madrid has opened the door to various scenarios, with the most likely being that the French club will invest some of those €35 million in a new attacker.

The main candidate seems to be Juventus attacker David Trezeguet, who, at almost 32 years of age, will only cost Lyon around €10m, according to

This chain of reaction will then lead the Bianconeri to search for a new attacker - most likely be Lazio's Goran Pandev, who has been linked to Turin for the past few weeks.

The departure of 'Trezegol' will surely pave the way for the arrival of the Macedonian striker, who is currently involved in a bitter dispute with Lazio president Claudio Lotito.

The latest reports claims that the Biancocelesti will accept an offer of €12m for their striker, whose contract expires next year. This fee is half of what Villarreal want for their forward, Giuseppe Rossi.

Glenn Debattista,
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Juventus Midfielder Marco Marchionni Is Close To Joining Fiorentina

Marco Marchionni celebrates with Pavel Nedved after giving Juventus the lead against Lazio

Juventus midfielder Marco Marchionni is on the verge of joining Fiorentina, according to his agent Bruno Carpeggiani.

The Artemio Franchi-based club have been locked in talks with the player's agent in Milan as they discuss his future. The former Parma man now seems set to leave Juventus following his move there from the Ducali back in 2006.

"All I can say is that Marchionni is very close to Fiorentina," the agent told Tiscalisport.

Carpeggiani was keen to keep terms of an eventual deal secret, but Sky Sport Italia are speculating on a possible agreement. The report claims Juventus want €6 million for the midfielder, but Fiorentina want to spend no more than €3m. It is suggested Marchionni will head to Florence on a co-ownership deal.

Marchionni has made 63 appearances for the Bianconeri since joining them three years ago.

Salvatore Landolina,
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