Juve's Mutu move fails
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adrian Mutu's proposed move from Chelsea to Juventus has collapsed because the two clubs could not agree terms.Adrian Mutu's proposed move from Chelsea to Juventus has collapsed because the two clubs could not agree terms, according to the player's agent.
The Romania international striker was due to move to the Italian side on loan for the coming season, after becoming surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Mutu travelled to Turin to discuss personal terms on the deal, but his move has collapsed because of a disagreement between the clubs.
Mutu's agent Andrea Pretti told skysports.com that the reason for the collapse was that Chelsea want Juve to buy the player next summer.
The Italians were unwilling to agree to the permanent transfer of the striker next summer and they ended the negotiations.
"The latest news is that the negotiations have failed for the moment," Pretti told skysports.com.
"What happened? The proposal Chelsea made is that Juve had to promise to sign the player permanently next summer, so it was not just a free loan for a year but a complete transfer.
"At this moment I don't see much chance of negotiations reopening.
"So I can say that Mutu will stay at Chelsea next season too."
"Mutu is Chelsea's player for the next four years."
Mutu had been quoted in the Italian press as telling Jose Mourinho that he could not stay with Chelsea now he was not wanted.
"I can't stay here, I want to go back to Italy," Mutu said in Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I want Juve. I'm looking forward to it, and I am only thinking of this."
Mutu may well now look for another Italian side to join for the season if he is so against staying in West London, if the deal with Juventus can not be saved.