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Juventus Deny Making Summer Move For Liverpool Striker

Serie A champs insist they didn’t try to hijack striker’s Anfield switch.

Italian giants Juventus have denied that they tried to hijack a move for Mario Balotelli before he left Milan to head to Liverpool this summer, Sky Sports reports.

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Speculation linked Balotelli with a move from AC Milan to the Bianconeri, but instead the former Manchester City forward returned to the Premier League to join Liverpool.

And the club’s general director Beppe Marotta has denied that the club were interested in the Italian international as they continue their defence of the Serie A title in perfect style, notching up wins in their first three games of the campaign without conceding a goal.

“Balotelli? He has never been our target. We have never negotiated for him,” Marotta told Radio Uno.

“In January if we need to do so then we will make corrective measures.

“We are happy with the group at the disposal of Allegri, we are competitive in Italy and even in Europe, where there are other clubs stronger than us.

“I have heard criticism of our defence, but if I am not mistaken, after three games we have not conceded a goal.

“In recent years, Juventus’ appeal has returned to what it was in the past. Years ago, (Udinese forward Antonio) Di Natale would not come, but now champions are willingly doing so.

“We have created a structure, with (sporting director Fabio) Paratici that allows us to take advantage of opportunities in the market.”

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