Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has accused Chelsea of being ‘unethical’ in their pursuit of 17 year old Sao Paulo striker Lucas Piazon.
Marotta expressed anger over the situation, telling reporters: “We’re actually proud that we haven’t signed Piazon under these conditions. It would have been unethical to pay a minor a salary in the region of €1million.
“What would his future team-mates be thinking? Players who have yet to sign a professional contract.”
Juventus had been heavily linked to Piazon, with the wonderkid thought to have already agreed a deal with the Italian giants.
However, yesterday Chelsea announced that he had signed a contract at Stanford Bridge worth an estimated £8 million in total.
Piazon has been dubbed the ‘new Kaka’ because of his routes in Sao Paulo and his natural talent in midfield and on goal. The Chelsea-bound youngster told reporters yesterday: “I am happy because it's always been my dream to play in Europe.
"Chelsea have Brazilian players already - Ramires and Luiz - and that is excellent for me and will help speed up how I settle in.”
Marotta said Juventus are taking a stand against players asking for too much money for their footballing services.