Juventus confirm Osvaldo interest

Club director general Giuseppe Marotta says the Serie A leaders must sell before considering a move for the Italy international - but admits Mirko Vucinic could leave

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed his club's interest in signing Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo.

Italy international Osvaldo moved to the Premier League from Roma in the close-season, but is currently suspended by Southampton after a training-ground altercation - reportedly with defender Jose Fonte.

Osvaldo has subsequently been linked with a return to Serie A, where he scored 28 goals in 57 games for the capital club before his €18 million (£14.8m) exit.

Goal reported on Tuesday that Juventus were considering a move for Osvaldo, and now Marotta has confirmed an interest, though he admits the club must sell before they can buy.

One player linked with a departure is Mirko Vucinic, who Juve had originally hoped to use as a makeweight in a deal to sign Inter's midfielder Fredy Guarin.

The Montenegro striker is also a reported target of Arsenal and Marotta confirmed that he will be allowed to leave if he desires.

"We like Osvaldo and other clubs like him too," Marotta told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He is an excellent player, but before buying anyone we need to sell.

"Vucinic? He will leave only if he asks to go."

Marotta was also confident that Juve coach Antonio Conte will soon renew his deal in Turin.

The 44-year-old has led Juventus to two consecutive Serie A titles, as well as the league summit this season, where they are currently six points clear of Roma.

He added: "Antonio Conte will soon renew his contract, there will be no problems with Andrea Agnelli.

"He can become our Alex Ferguson, even if in Italy a coach isn't quite a manager in the same way."