Previous
Sheffield United
Tottenham Hotspur
2
2
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 3Tottenham Hotspur win 3-2 on aggregate
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Barcelona
2
3
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 4
Game Details
Chile
United States
3
2
FT
Game Details
Parma
Juventus
0
1
FT
Game Details
Cameroon
Ivory Coast
0
1
FT
Game Details
Guinea
Mali
1
1
FT
Game Details
Next

Juve seek 'wise' transfer opportunities

Beppe Marotta has lifted the lid on Juventus' summer transfer dealings, claiming "financial restraints" played a major role in their failure to capture a big-name signing as they hoped.

• Blog: Flying on the wings of confidence
• Vidal keen to commit to Juve

After being linked to the likes of Edinson Cavani, Stevan Jovetic and Marco Verratti, the Italian champions only brought in Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on loan to reinforce their attacking options.

The Old Lady's director general Marotta has explained the club's decisions in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, saying: "We spoke to Fiorentina president Mario Cognigni and sporting director Daniele Prade about Jovetic. Nevertheless, the player is no longer of any interest to us and as for Cavani, we didn't chase him in the summer because we already knew that Napoli wouldn't have sold him to us.

"Verratti? Juventus signed Paul Pogba on a free transfer and we are embracing Luca Marrone, two excellent talents who we believe in a lot. Unfortunately we couldn't spend €12 million on Verratti, it's the same old story of financial restraints."

Explaining the arrival of Bendtner in Turin when many bigger names were linked, Marrotta blamed the economic reality of Italian football.

"It's hard to reinforce this side, we look around but a so-called top player will cost you €40 million in terms of a fee and then another €10 million net in wages," he said. "Those figures can't be supported by our game right now. The big Spanish and English clubs earn double what we do. As a result, we'll just look for wise opportunities."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.