Pozzo: Juve favourites for Pizarro
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
In one of the most convoluted transfer sagas of the summer, Juventus have been competing with Lazio over signing the midfielder.
Lazio appeared to have sealed a deal for the player, but it collapsed when the part-exchange player Fabio Liverani refused to go to Udine.
Now, Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has admitted that it is Turin giants Juve that are in pole position.
"They [Juventus] are the favourites to buy him," Pozzo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"They have been the first to open negotiations, but the affair failed and I am at a loss to explain why.
"In my opinion, Pizarro is exactly what Marcello Lippi needs for his team.
Despite these statements, Pozzo insisted that he would be delighted if Udinese kept hold of their star performer.
"In this market - as last year - there isn't so much money," added Pozzo.
"As time passes, the chances of Pizarro staying with us increase - because teams are beginning to make their team plans.
"It isn't possible to change everything round just a few days before the beginning of the season."
Pozzo also discussed Lazio's interest in striker Roberto Muzzi.
"Roberto is a great player and when he is in form he can put in some great performances," stated Pozzo.
"He is 32 now and he can finish his career at Udine in fine style."