Juventus GM Beppe Marotta claims that he “doesn’t want to deceive anyone” regarding any transfer rumors surrounding his club, which means that he’s basically denying any movement regarding Morata, Higuain, or even Mario Mandzukic, who’s widely expected to leave this summer.
“At the moment no-one is in that position, so I have to say that Mario Mandzukic will be a Juventus player next year too. Gonzalo Higuain? No, no player is for sale. Higuain is in his second season season with us, he did very well and we’re very happy with him.
“If we were to receive offers we wouldn’t consider them.”
If neither Higuain nor Mandzukic leaves, where would Alvaro Morata fit in? Probably nowhere.
“Now we are in the most important phase of the transfer market, so as always, every day, they link Juventus with many players. That also applies to the Morata affair which is on the agenda today. The fact is that the most important players of this Agnelli cycle who have gone away all carry with them a great memory of Juventus, and almost all of them want to savour the Juventus climate.
“Beyond that though these are simply rumours. I want to deny them, we don’t want to deceive anyone. We already have a great attack of international calibre, so it’s an area where we don’t have to make any bets. Therefore, at this point, any operation seems totally utopian”.
-Guiseppe Marotta; source: Football Italia
Morata was pictured with Juventus technical director Fabio Paratici yesterday in Milan, but follow-up reports claimed that the face-to-face between the Chelsea striker, his agent, and the Juve man was pure coincidence. After all, who doesn’t go shopping with his agent and then just happen to run randomly into a potential future employer with whom you’ve been increasingly linked? This happens all the time, right?
In any case, Marotta’s not saying much, but probably enough to put the brakes on this narrative for a moment.