Juve insistent over English talks
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus have insisted that they were only in England this week to negotiate sales.
Juventus have insisted that they were only in England this week to negotiate the sale of players this summer.
Top Juve officials Alessio Secco (pictured) and Roberto Bettega travelled to London this week and one of their meetings was with Steve Kutner - who amongst his clients boasts Frank Lampard.
Lampard is now being strongly linked with a move to Juve - who are on course to return to Serie A, after being demoted in the summer.
Lampard's Chelsea future is in doubt, as contract talks appear to have stalled - and Barcelona are known to be keeping a close eye on the situation.
Now Juve are reported to have checked on Lampard's situation with a view to making an offer in the summer.
However, Secco - sporting director with the Bianconeri - insists they held talks with Premiership clubs Bolton, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth, with a view to selling some of their current squad.
"Our mission in England was with the aim to open contacts with medium-small clubs like Middlesbrough, Bolton and Portsmouth," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"We want to open a relationship with view to possible sales."
Italian sources claim Fabrizio Miccoli - on loan at Benfica, Marcelo Zalayeta, and Robert Kovac are amongst the players being offered for sale.