Emerson bait in Samuel deal
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus are ready to hijack Walter Samuel's move to Inter.Juventus are ready to hijack Walter Samuel's move from Real Madrid to Internazionale by offering Emerson in a straight swap for the Argentinian defender, according to reports in Italy.
Arrigo Sacchi is a huge fan of the Brazilian international and rumours surfaced towards the end of the season that Madrid president Florentino Perez had enquired about Emerson.
Samuel's proposed move to Internazionale has stalled after the clubs could not agree on a fee for the defender and Juve may now make their move.
Inter president Giacinto Facchetti admitted that the negotiations are in a difficult position, after returning from Madrid following a second round of talks at the end of last week.
"We haven't reached an agreement with Real Madrid," Facchetti told the club's official website.
"The difference between what we can give and what Madrid want is notable."
Juve boss Fabio Capello rates the 27-year-old Samuel highly following their time together at Roma, where the duo enjoyed winning the Scudetto.
Emerson, meanwhile, has voiced his desire to play in Spain and has spoken to Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos about life in the Spanish capital when the trio have met up to play for their country.
In recent weeks he has claimed that he is content at Juventus, but if it became clear that the Vechhia Signora were prepared to let him go, it is likely that he would jump at the chance to move to the Bernabeu.