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 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus on 'alert' for January transfer window targets - Beppe Marotta

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has said the club are "alert and looking around" for potential January transfer window signings.

Serie A champions Juve saw their hopes of securing a Champions League knockout stage place on Wednesday dashed when Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso levelled in a 1-1 draw at the Juventus Stadium.

And Marotta told Mediaset television: "He's a good player, but he's not one of our players.

"We are alert and looking around for January, but I would like to underline the quality of the squad we already have, which is already giving us big results.

"The return of [Claudio] Marchisio is fundamental for our midfield, but I don't believe there are any opportunities for us to improve the quality level of our squad, which is doing well both in Italy and in Europe, in January.

"[Axel] Witsel was one such opportunity, but we were not able to get him."

Juve may make a renewed bid to sign Zenit Saint Petersburg's Witsel, who is available on a free transfer next summer.

The Belgium international already has an agreement with the Bianconeri when the transfer window opens, although Marotta is considering alternatives.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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