Juventus have admitted that they will not be following up their interest in West Ham’s Javier Mascherano.
Juve’s sporting director Alessio Secco has revealed that the complicated nature of the transfer has forced the club to abandon their pursuit of the Argentinian midfielder.
Coach Didier Deschamps admitted he was keen to sign Mascherano, but with the player owned by investment group MSI – the complications surrounding a move appear to have scuppered the deal.
“That [Mascherano deal] will not be possible,” Secco explained to La Stampa.
“We have pursued this until the day the market opened, but we have had to withdraw because of the complicated contract situation.”
Juventus are still expected to be busy in the January transfer window.
“We have the idea of loaning [Tomas] Guzman and perhaps [Paolo] De Ceglie – but other than that nothing will happen,” he said.
David Trezeguet has yet to piut pen to paper on a new deal.
“With David we are already speaking, but he wants to see what Juve will be next season,” he said.
“We may need to give him more time than others, but we will offer all a contract extension.”
Meanwhile, Gianluigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi and Alessandro Del Piero look set to sign new deals with the club.
“For them [Buffon and Camoranesi] they have enough optimism to sit and speak now,” he continued.
“I believe Buffon has already agreed to respect his current contract which expires in 2011 and also the same applies with Camoranesi.
“Alex was the first one to accept us in Serie B and therefore we recognise that but we will look at a new deal with him.”
Czech veteran Pavel Nedved could also continue next season.
“Like with Del Piero, Pavel is a case apart, he is attached to this squad and the club and is a special case and we will treat him in such a way,” Secco added.
“It is true that his contract will expire in 2008 but he could stop this season but I believe he will continue and return.”