Liverpool star Alberto Aquilani looked set to move to Juventus after spending the season at the Old Lady on loan, but general manager Guiseppe Marotta has insisted that the €16 million demand on the Italian will not be met in the summer.
“There is a buy-out clause that has to be activated by May 15,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“We’ll try to reach an agreement before the deadline. I can certainly say we will not sign Aquilani for the sum set by Liverpool.”
Auqilani had made his intentions clear to head to Juventus permanently at the end of the season, with the star’s manager telling reporters he was confident Juventus would pay the €16 million that Liverpool asked.
"The agreement is, by June 30, Juventus will have to pay €16 million [£13.9m], established in the summer. There is an expiration date, everything is organised.
"Only the Juventus team can lose. What has been done does not provide for further negotiations,” Franco Zavala said.
But Marotta appears to be holding out on agreeing to the sum, in a strategic tactic to lower the price on the 26 year old’s move.
The manager has however made his intentions to deal come to an agreement with Liverpool clear, and will be hoping that he can use his relationship with the Merseyside club to cut a deal.
"We have a good rapport with Liverpool and we think we can reach an understanding," Marotta said.
"Alberto has proved to be an important player and we knew him already from his time at Roma.
"We have an option to buy his contract which is quite high for us, but we will soon try to find a solution with Liverpool."