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Paratici: ‘Forget Suarez, Dzeko not only option’

Fabio Paratici confirms Luis Suarez is not an option for Juventus and Roma hitman Edin Dzeko is ‘not the only’ candidate to be their centre-forward.

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Paratici was inevitably asked about the Dzeko issue, as he cannot be released for Juve until Arkadiusz Milik has completed his transfer from Napoli to Roma.

“Let’s say there isn’t a Dzeko situation, it’s a striker situation, as Juventus need a centre-forward. We know what we want and are working towards that calmly, there are 15 days to go in the transfer window and we’re in no rush.

“There are other situations, not just Dzeko. We know what we want. We’re working for a striker who can work with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.

“At this moment, we are seeking one striker, we have our objectives and will try to pursue them calmly, regardless of the names.”

Is it true that Barcelona forward Suarez is no longer an option for Juventus?

“Suarez can be removed from that list, because the time it takes to get the passport is longer than the transfer deadline or the moment we can hand in the Champions League lists.

“We evaluated the Suarez option when it was proposed to us. He was in the process of getting Italian citizenship, so we evaluated the possibility of registering him in time.

“It is not possible, so he was never really close.”

Luca Pellegrini is not even on the bench this evening amid reports of a loan move to Genoa.

“We have some talented young players who are important for the team, but also valuable assets for the club. We want to create the right path for them to reach Juve eventually and become regulars, so try to understand the best journey for their careers.

“I don’t just mean Pellegrini, but also others like Nicolussi-Caviglia and indeed also Marko Pjaca.”

Pjaca was on target today within minutes of his debut for Genoa.

“We are very pleased to see Marko Pjaca scoring today. He has a lot of quality and is a special player who had a lot of injuries, we have great faith that Genoa is the right place for him to get fit and show what he can do.”

This is the debut for coach Andrea Pirlo, who only got his coaching badges a few days ago and is thrown straight in at the deep end with a side seeking their 10th consecutive Scudetto.

“Pirlo is destined for greatness. He feels no pressure, always has clear ideas, so that is what I can say of the way he has started this career. He is a pleasant surprise and seems like he’s been coaching for years,” concluded Paratici.

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Roma deny Milik medical problems

Roma released a statement assuring the hold-up for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is not related to his medical. ‘We have the utmost admiration and respect.’

The domino effect with Edin Dzeko to Juventus was meant to be sparked by Milik’s transfer to Roma, but those negotiations have stalled over the last 24 hours.

There were some reports that the Giallorossi were concerned at the results of Milik’s medical, especially as he has a history of ACL tears in both knees.

However, Roma released a statement this afternoon denying “any suggestions on the state of the negotiations and even more so on the physical condition of the player, for whom we have the utmost admiration and respect.

“The Club reiterates that it will not and never will comment on, in an official capacity or confidentially, on the health and fitness of a player who is registered to another club.

“Consequently, AS Roma reject the attribution of any judgment on the player’s fitness levels.”

The problem seems to be between Milik and Napoli, with circa €1m difference on personal terms regarding image rights, outstanding wages and above all the fine imposed for the November 2019 team ‘mutiny.’

Until those have been resolved, Milik cannot join Roma and Dzeko will not be released for Juventus.

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Giuntoli: ‘Milik talks not yet successful’

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli confirms Arkadiusz Milik talks with Roma ‘have not yet been successful’ and they will keep Kalidou Koulibaly unless it’s ‘the right opportunity.’

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However, the focus is all on the transfer market, as until Milik completes his transfer to Roma, Edin Dzeko won’t be released for Juventus.

“We have negotiations with Roma, which have not yet been successful, so we’ll see,” Giuntoli told DAZN.

The other talks involve Koulibaly, as Manchester City and PSG have seemingly not come close to the €75m asking price yet.

“We are keeping a close eye on everything going on, there’s very little money going around at the moment, so we’ll only intervene if we see the right opportunities. If it’s not right, financially and technically, then we can happily continue as we are.”

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Paro: ‘Verona stepped up tempo with Roma’

Verona assistant manager Matteo Paro, standing in for suspended Ivan Juric, explains the importance of tempo and pressing after a draw with Roma.

Hellas hit the woodwork twice with Adrien Tameze and Federico Dimarco, while Leonardo Spinazzola also rattled the bar for Roma in the 0-0 draw.

“We were up against a very strong team and naturally struggled at the start, as their combination play was making it difficult for us to close them down,” Paro told DAZN.

“In the second half, we got a handle on the situation and created several scoring opportunities. Pressing is important and when you have players like those at Roma, you give them two metres of space, you’ll never see the ball again. So we had to step up the tempo and force them to rush their passes. We knew that when it came to duels and the second ball, we’d make the difference.”

The fitness levels of the Verona squad were also impressive, as they got stronger the more the game went on.

“In order to attack and play the way we do, you need to be really in great physical shape. I won’t say it’s better or worse than any other methods of training, it’s just our particular approach.

“I worked with Gian Piero Gasperini and Juric, they have the same general vision of football, albeit with some subtle differences. I think they are showing how good they are.”

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Faraoni: ‘Valuable point for Verona’

Davide Faraoni is torn between wanting more for Verona’s performance and accepting a ‘valuable point’ against Roma.

The game ended 0-0 at the Stadio Bentegodi, but Hellas hit the crossbar twice and the Giallorossi once with Leonardo Spinazzola’s stunner.

“It’s a valuable point, as we were up against a strong side that plays good football at a high tempo,” Faraoni told Sky Sport Italia.

“I have to compliment our new players, because they immediately adapted to our style of football and they have to keep doing that in every game.

“We were unable to break Roma down in the first half, especially down the wings, but did much better after the break and came close to winning it.

“It will be difficult to repeat what we achieved last season, but it’s certainly possible. We brought in some talented new players and are trying to ensure they are at ease.”

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