Verratti no, Donnarumma…


Juventus have confirmed that they will not attempt to sign Barcelona target Marco Verratti but are interested in Real Madrid-linked Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Juve general manager Beppe Marotta explained Verratti’s “tactical features and the investment required” were not suitable for the Bianconeri, whereas Donnarumma was an “opportunity”.

“For clubs it’s increasingly difficult to handle these situations,” he told Corriere della Sera.

“We’re faced with a radical change in the image of a young footballer, now they have professionals close to them and they play out their career, even in opposition to the clubs which raised them. That’s a fact.

“The rules need to be changed, and the efforts clubs make in the youth sector must be protected with some kind of compulsory apprenticeship.

“Could Juve sign him? It’s clear that Juve have the right to examine every opportunity. When a player is on the market we have a duty to try.

“Are we in for him? At the moment, no…

“He’s a talent, then we have to distinguish between a talent and a champion.

“Verratti? Given his tactical features and the investment required, he’s a profile which doesn’t interest us.”