Juventus cannot afford top players, says Marotta

Juve's director has explained that the club can no longer sanction the purchase of marquee names and that all Italian teams are being hit by the financial crisis in the country.
Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta says Juventus is unable to afford some of the world's best players, despite the Serie A champions being linked with a number of big names.

Juventus is reportedly in the market for a new striker, and the likes of Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City's Edin Dzeko have been tipped for a move to Turin in January. Marotta, though, has said the club does not have the financial power to attract those types of players to Juventus Stadium, and he admitted the financial situation in Italy has left a number of clubs in a similar position.

"[Robin] van Persie, Higuain, [Luis] Suarez and Dzeko? They are great names, but it is almost a utopian way to think," he told Corriere dello Sport. "I don't speak only for Juventus, but for all the Italian teams. We are in a time of great decline, so I think it's really difficult to imagine that a team may invest more than 30 million euros for a player of this quality."

Despite being the second-highest-scoring team in Serie A, Antonio Conte's team has struggled to find a regular goalscorer, but Marotta's admission looks to have put an end to rumors of the Bianconeri bolstering their attack.

Juve suffered its first league defeat of the season against Inter last Saturday and is now just one point clear at the top of Serie A as it looks to retain its domestic crown.

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