Juventus chief hints at Dani Alves deal

The Serie A and Coppa Italia winner has been tipped to move for the Camp Nou duo, as it prepares to challenge for a sixth consecutive Scudetto in 2016-17.

Dani Alves - cropped

Some outlets have claimed a transfer of Brazil international Alves to the Turin giants has already been agreed, but Marotta stopped short of confirming the move.

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has strongly indicated the club will try to sign Dani Alves, but played down links with his Barcelona team-mate Javier Mascherano.

The Serie A and Coppa Italia winner has been tipped to move for the Camp Nou duo, as it prepares to challenge for a sixth consecutive Scudetto in 2016-17.

Full-back Alves is under contract until the end of next season, while Mascherano - able to play in central defence and midfield - has a deal with Barca running until the end of 2017-18.  

Some outlets have claimed a transfer of Brazil international Alves to the Turin giants has already been agreed, but Marotta stopped short of confirming the move.

"Dani Alves and Mascherano to Juventus? Nothing is done. I can neither confirm nor deny," he told reporters.

"Dani Alves is not our player but he's an important player. We'll see what we could do considering that Juventus can compete in all the competitions.

"Mascherano? That's media speculation."

Alves' agent Dinorah Santa Ana denied negotiations are underway but claimed contact had previously been made with Juventus. 

She told Marca: "It is not true that there is any type of agreement. Dani has not settled anything with anyone and right now he is in Brazil and his main focus is on preparing with the national team.

"It is true that I have met with Juventus, but not only with them. I have also met with Turkish clubs, with one from England and another from France.

"There is no type of offer, we have nothing to evaluate. If there had been any type of offer first we would have to evaluate it and then if it seems to me a reasonable offer, I would mention it to Dani."

Juve meanwhile faces a battle to keep striker Alvaro Morata, with Real Madrid expected to activate a buy-back option it holds on the Spain international. 

"He's a talent, he's becoming a champion," Marotta said.

"We will do all that we can to keep him at Juventus. We will meet Real Madrid after the Champions League final."

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