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Aug 25, 2011

Juventus hunting Malouda signature

Chelsea could be willing to sell Florent Malouda to Juventus after the Italian club's general director Giuseppe Marotta declared an interest in the winger.

• Marotta promises more signings
• Elia spurns Juve interest

Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas is eager to sign Alvaro Pereira from former club Porto, according to widespread reports, and is ready to offload Malouda in a cut price £5 million deal to make way for the Uruguay international.

The Guardian claim that Chelsea have already had a £16.6 million opening offer for Pereira rejected and are ready to lodge an improved bid.

Malouda, 31, has a year left on his Chelsea contract and the club's policy of only offering one-year extensions to players over 30 years old means his long-term future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt.

Now Juventus appear to have offered the France international an alternative option with Marotta telling the Italian media: "Unfortunately, Malouda is not ours, but he is certainly an interesting player..."

Juventus reportedly made an approach for Manchester United winger Nani, which was quickly snubbed earlier in the transfer window, and manager Antonio Conte has now turned his attentions to Malouda.

The Italian side also made a move to sign Hamburg SV winger Eljero Elia ealrier this month but the Holland international rejected a move to the Serie A.

However, the Bianconeri are close to completing a deal for Cesena striker Emanuele Giaccherini, who is undergoing a medical in Turin.

The 26-year-old will join in a €3million deal, with Juventus midfielder Jorge Martinez heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.

Giaccherini will pen a four-year contract with Juventus and will become the club's ninth signing this summer.

Juve begin their Serie A campaign at Udinese on Sunday, should the proposed strike over a new collective agreement be averted.

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