Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has dismissed reports claiming his club are interested in signing Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso.
The 27-year-old, a reported target for Real Madriid, was linked with a move to Juve last summer, but the deal did not materialise following Liverpool’s failure to sign Aston Villa’s midfielder Gareth Barry.
But Cobolli told reporters that Alonso was not a target this season.
“We’re looking at several names in central midfield but Xabi Alonso is not one of those,” he said.
“I found out about our interest in the Spaniard from the press. He’s a great player but given that I read about his name in the papers should tell you everything.”
Cobolli also dismissed speculation linking the Italian outfit to Napoli’s Slovak midfielder Marek Hamsik but admitted he is interested in Udinese’s Gaetano D’Agostino.
“The deal has cooled off. Udinese are a serious club with capable managers who are able negotiators,” he added.
“It’s about trying to find a solution between our valuation of the player and theirs.”
However, the Juve chief also admitted that his club would have to sell to finance their purchases this close season.
“We’re not being blocked by players who don’t want to leave but we do have to sell before we can buy,” he added.
“(Denmark international Christian) Poulsen is one player we’ve put up for sale and theoretically so too is (Frenchman David) Trezeguet but the probability of finding a suitable club for him and getting a price that fits his standing is much smaller.”