Beppe Marotta confirms Juventus are in negotiations for Angelo Ogbonna

Claudio Villa

It wasn't all about Fernando Llorente at Fernando Llorente's introductory press conference. As hard as that is to believe, the press on hand didn't shy away from asking Juventus director general Beppe Marotta about some of the other transfer targets that are still on the table.

There was, of course, a nice little jab at Fiorentina when it comes to a possible deal for striker Stevan Jovetic, a player who has been linked to Juve continuously over the past year-plus. But there was also confirmation of what was somewhat assumed already: Juventus are trying to sign Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna.

Other than Jovetic and Carlos Tevez, Ogbonna is probably the name most continuously linked with a move to Juventus this summer. Reports out of Italy had him making his deal to move across town official this week, but Marotta was fairly coy on what it will take for a deal to actually get finished. That's somewhat expected for the simple reason of not tipping his hand, but he did seem rather confident that something will get done sonner or later.

The rumored price for Ogbonna has varied depending on the source. Some media outlets say it is as high as €12 million, others say it's around €6 million or €8 million. The one thing they can all agree on is that there will be a player — most likely co-owned striker Ciro Immobile, who spent last season with Genoa — going to Torino in the deal. The details to what extent is obviously still being worked out, but that's just part of negotiating, I guess.

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