Bremen deny Diego to Juventus move is close
Werder Bremen have denied reports they have agreed a deal with Juventus which would see Brazil playmaker Diego join the Turin club at the end of the season.
Juventus have confirmed their interest in the 24-year-old but the Bundesliga side are adamant there is still some way to go before Diego can call himself a Bianconeri player.
"There has been a meeting between Juventus and Werder, but we can confirm that no agreement was reached," stated Bremen's director of sport Klaus Allofs.
Juve are reported to have already agreed terms with the player's agent, but have fallen short of Bremen's asking price.
But with Bayern Munich recently confirming their interest in the South American, Juve now appear to be pushing for the move to go through as soon as possible.
News of Juve's progress could spur Bayern into action; the Bavarian giants are particularly interested in Diego who they regard as an ideal replacement for Franck Ribery who has been linked with a summer move away from Germany.
Bremen are hoping to earn up to 30 million euros from the sale of Diego, but Juve seem reluctant to rise above 20m.
The Turin club have dropped out of the title race having not won in five Serie A games but coach Claudio Ranieri has been told his job is safe until the end of the season.
Other signings are expected to boost their prospects next term. Winger Pavel Nedved is due to retire at the end of this season.