But confirm their intent to sign Juan Zuniga.
Italian champions Juventus have denied that the they are looking to sign Manchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov after the club’s sporting director Beppe Marotta confirmed there was no deal in place, Sky Sports reports.
The 27-year-old had previously been linked with a move to Turin this summer, but now looks set to stay put at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future.
Marotta told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Are we interested in Kolarov? No, we have Pepe who is recovering and we are betting on him.”
However, Marotta did go on to confirm the club’s interest in signing Juan Zuniga but says they won’t interrupt the full-back’s negotiations with Napoli over a new contract.
He added: “Zuniga is a player who interests us a lot.
“But it is a situation that is up to Napoli who have the right to present the player a (contract) renewal. We are talking about an important player to (Rafa) Benitez’s game.
“I think he will reluctantly decide to sell Zuniga.
“Juventus have a good relationship with Napoli and we do not have the intention to interfere.”
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez spoke of his confidence at being able to get the defender to agree to fresh terms at the San Paolo.
“He’s an important player. We are talking with him,” he said.
“I’ve spoken with the president about Zuniga’s importance to the team and now he has an offer on the table.
“He told me the two parties are close and Zuniga showed me he wants to stay with a good performance.”