The summer transfer window has just closed, but Juventus director general Beppe Marotta is already looking ahead to the January window.
“We are continuing to monitor interesting players and we’ll decide whether to make any moves in January,” said Marotta.
Juve spent all summer chasing top strikers like Robin Van Persie, Stevan Jovetic or Fernando Llorente, failing to land any of them. But Juve have not given up hope that they can get either Jovetic or Llorente in January.
“We have looked for players with a certain profile and Jovetic fits that, but he is a Fiorentina player and the Viola will decide his future. Llorente? We are continuing to work.”
To tide Juventus over until them, the champions surprisingly took Arsenal strike Niklas Bendtner on loan, a move that was not well received by Juve fans.
“The first judgements from Conte on Bendtner are very positive,” Marotta added. “He’s a youngster who wants to do well.”
One player the champions will not be going after is Lazio stopper Modibo Diakite who has rejected a new deal in Rome.
“There are usually a lot of bombastic headlines about us and we get linked with moves that I can categorically deny” said Morotta.
“For example, we have not talked to Diakite. He is a Lazio player and won’t be coming to Juventus.”
Marotta also spoke about boss Antonio Conte’s appeal to the TNAS tribunal, set for September 21, in his effort to get his 10-month touchline ban scrapped or reduced.
“We are super optimistic about the TNAS hearing,” he noted.