Friday, 4 January 2008

[Mercato] Juve confirm Mellberg interest

Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has confirmed the club are interested in signing Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg.

Mellberg has been strongly linked with a move to Juve with the player yet to sign a new deal with the English outfit.

The Swedish international's contract expires at the end of the season and reports have suggested that Mellberg has agreed a pre-contract with Juventus.

Gigli played down talk that his club had already agreed a deal for Mellberg, but confirmed he was one of a number of players they were keeping tabs on.

The Juventus surpremo admitted the club are looking at free agents including Fiorentina defender Tomas Ujfalusi.

"Ranieri is satisfied with the squad to which we will add a couple to play in Europe," Gigli told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

"At the moment we are focused on signing players who will be free agents.

"We need a few more players who are available for a free transfer. Mellberg, [Tomas] Ujfalusi? We are following them but they are not the only players we are interested in."

Gigli also declared that Juventus were hoping to sign Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart.

Van der Vaart is believed to be considering his future at Hamburg and has previously admitted he would be interested in a move to Juventus.

"Van der Vaart is one of many players that we are observing," added Gigli. "We like him very much but at the moment we prefer to sign players who cost nothing."

Source: Sky Sports

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