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Jan 14, 2013

Juve rule out big January signings

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has said the club will not make any major signings during the January window, saying it was “not offering important names”.

Beppe Marotta says Paul Pogba was dropped by Juventus to educate him
Marotta and Juve will not be doing major January deals

Juve are believed to be close to agreeing a deal to bring Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente to Turin when his contract expires in the summer, but appear to have been priced out of a deal to release him any sooner.

Marotta also attempted to engineer short-term loan moves for Didier Drogba and Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez, but those options seem to have been considered too expensive.

“The transfer window will close without any major signings,” he told Sky Italia. “The January market is not offering important names for Juventus.

“We are looking around, evaluating, but in the meantime we want to recover those players who are absent with injury or participating at the African Cup of Nations.”

Marotta said those absences were responsible for the club’s poor restart following the winter break, which has seen them lose to Sampdoria and draw with Parma.

Those results have seen their Serie A lead cut from eight points to three, and he added: “We’re missing important elements like Claudio Marchisio, Giorgio Chiellini, Kwadwo Asamoah and Simone Pepe, while Mirko Vucinic is not playing continuously because of fitness issues.

“January is perhaps a month where we don’t collect as many points as at other times of the year.

“We’re calm, we’re realists. The championship can be likened to the tour of Italy, not the Milano-Sanremo race. We are targeting the finishing line. Juventus are always obliged to win.”

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