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Quagliarella and Vucinic free to leave Juventus; Rakitic rules out January move

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has revealed he would allow Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic to leave Turin in the January transfer window.

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has revealed strike duo Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic would be allowed to leave Turin if they submitted formal transfer requests this month.

Quagliarella and Vucinic have been hovering around the fringes of the first team this season, with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente getting the majority of the playing time up front.

Tottenham have been linked with a move for both strikers in recent times, while Spurs’ bitter North London rivals Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Vucinic.

“We have always said that the players decide their own fate,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. “If one of them were to come to us and say: ‘I want to leave because I’m not getting enough chances,’ we would try to grant their request.

“Obviously that would depend on there being offers for them because, if the offers aren’t there, you can’t grant their wish.”

Despite the aforementioned speculation, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger played down the club’s interest in signing Vucinic after the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

“We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic,” said Wenger. “Some people have visual capacities that I don’t have.

“We are not on any special case. I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don’t have the possibility to do it.”

Arsenal (16-3-3), currently sitting atop the English Premier League with 51 points, will play host to League One side Coventry City F.C. in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday, 24 January 2014.

The Gunners are priced at 1/10 to defeat the Sky Blues on Friday evening.

Rakitic rules out January move

Sevilla FC ace Ivan Rakitic has insisted he will not leave the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in January amid reports linking him with a sensational move to Atletico Madrid.

The Croatia international, 25, prevented Atleti from going top of La Liga with a second-half penalty on Sunday and has since ruled out a move away from Nervión.

“I like playing for Sevilla FC, in the present, future and always,” said Rakitic.

“I’m very happy here at this club, and my family are also happy here. I am not available right now.”

Rakitic, whose current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2015, has bagged 11 goals and six assists in 27 appearances (25 starts) in all competitions for Sevilla this season.

Mon 20 January, 2014
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