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The Argentine forward has claimed that the Rossoneri did not take up their option to sign him for €8.5 million from Catania because of their alleged financial problems

Maxi Lopez has revealed that his "dream" is to join Juventus, explaining that he would have no issue moving to Turin despite having spent the second half of last season on loan at AC Milan.

The Rossoneri took the Argentine on loan from Catania during the January transfer window with the option of signing the striker on a permanent basis for €8.5 million this summer.

However, Milan ultimately decided to allow Lopez to return to Sicily and the Buenos Aires native is now hoping to secure a move to Turin.

"If Milan are really not thinking of [signing] me anymore, for me the dream is of Juve," he told Tuttosport.

"It's another great club, one of the biggest. They will be in the Champions League [next season]. They have just won the championship ahead of us. I would have no problem in moving from AC Milan to Juve."

Lopez also claimed that the Rossoneri's rejection of him was based on financial rather than footballing factors.

"I was disappointed not to have stayed in Milan, and I'm sorry that Milan could be in a little bit of trouble economically," the former River Plate forward mused.
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"My fee of 8.5 million? I think that six or seven years ago AC Milan would have jumped at that figure. But now there's the [economic] crisis. It's a shame."

Lopez has been heavily linked with a move to Juve's city rivals Torino but has admitted he has little interest in joining the Granata.

"Maybe one day, when there are the right conditions, if they return to Europe," he explained. "I was pleased to know that having just arrived back in Serie A, they were thinking of me. But now I'm hoping for [Juve coach Antonio] Conte.

"I will meet with [agent] Andrea D'Amico in Milan this week and he will tell me something definite, after the circulation of so many rumours."

The 28-year-old made just eight Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri, scoring one goal.