Serie A side Udinese have moved swiftly to stop the rumour mill after Livorno president Aldo Spinelli had seemingly invited bids for talented midfielder Antonio Candreva.
“The player is on loan at Livorno, with an option to buy a 50 per cent share,” Udinese director general Sergio Gasparini told Calciomercato.it.
“But we have kept a counter-option. It is just a way to say he is on loan, so there is no co-ownership with the Tuscan club, as Spinelli has instead stated.”
Candreva has been one of the revelations in Serie A so far this term and made his senior Italy debut last weekend, prompting speculation that the likes of Inter and Juventus are monitoring his progress.
“We have great faith in him and that’s why we opted against a co-ownership deal over the summer, despite the offers we received,” noted Gasparini.
“We want to take him home at the end of the current season: Candreva is part of Udinese’s plans.”
Vince Masiello, Goal.com