Juventus forced to sell Matri, says Conte

The striker left the Bianconeri for pastures new on Thursday and the Italian revealed he had little option but to sanction his exit in a bid to balance the books

Antonio Conte has revealed Juventus were forced to sell Alessandro Matri to AC Milan for financial reasons after he moved to the Rossoneri in an €11 million deal.

The Bianconeri have enjoyed a productive summer transfer window, with Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez and Angelo Ogbonna all arriving at the club, but those deals have left a sizeable dent in the Old Lady’s balance sheet.

In a bid to balance the books, Conte sanctioned Matri’s exit on Thursday, having already sold Emmanuele Giaccherini to Sunderland, but admitted he did so with a heavy heart.

The 44-year-old told reporters: “Matri’s departure was a painful decision for us but the current economic conditions in Italian football mean we’re forced to sell.

“The sales of Matri and Giaccherini were painful decisions to make. I hear everyone say that the gap over the chasing pack has increased, when in reality we’ve been forced to lose an Italian international and a player who scored the most goals over the past two years and was also an important figure in the dressing room.

“This should represent a clear sign that the current economic conditions in Italian football also apply to Juventus. Aside from certain exceptions such as Napoli, clubs need to sell if they want to buy and we needed to recoup the €20 million spent on Tevez, Llorente and Ogbonna.”

Juve face Lazio on Saturday just a matter of weeks after dismantling the Biancocelesti 4-0 in the Italian Super Cup, but Conte is expecting a completely different encounter this time around.

“Tomorrow will be a different game entirely. A trophy was handed out in Rome and we’re happy to have won it, but the final score doesn’t reflect the difference between the sides.”

Kaka wants move to Italy or Premier League – agent

The Brazilian’s representative has ruled out a switch to Brazil or the MLS, but has revealed there is interest from England and Serie A

Kaka is set for a move to Italy or the Premier League before the end of the transfer window, according to the player’s agent.

The Real Madrid midfielder revealed his desire to quit Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday, after a disappointing four years in the Spanish capital.

The Brazilian was a bit-part player under Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho but had hoped to kickstart his career in Madrid under the man who transformed him into one of the best players in the world at AC Milan, Carlo Ancelotti.

However, Kaka is yet to make a first team appearance under the Italian this season and his agent Diogo Kotscho believes a return to Italy or a Premier League switch is a very realistic possibility.

He said to Radio ESPN: “It’s hard to talk about a possible destination now, but there is interest, including teams from Italy and England. It’s hard to say where he is going now. It’s not a secret that Kaka wants to go back to Italy but that depends on a lot of things.

“The Brazilian transfer window is closed. So is the one for the MLS. He wants to live in the United States in the final years of his career and sees some possibilities, but it will not happen at this moment.”
 
The 31-year-old scored twice on Thursday night as Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 in a friendly to lift the Teresa Herrera trophy.

Kaka’s current deal expires in June 2015.

Agent tips Kaka for Italy or Premier League move

The Brazilian’s representative has ruled out a switch to Brazil or the MLS, but has revealed there is interest from England and Serie A

Kaka is set for a move to Italy or the Premier League before the end of the transfer window, according to the player’s agent.

The Real Madrid midfielder revealed his desire to quit the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday, after a disappointing four years in the Spanish capital.

The Brazilian was a bit part player under Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho, but had hoped to kickstart his career in Madrid under the man who transformed him into one of the best players in the world at AC Milan, Carlo Ancelotti.

However, Kaka is yet to make a first team appearance under the Italian this season and his agent Diogo Kotscho believes a return to Italy or a Premier League switch is a very realistic possibility.

He said to Radio ESPN: “It’s hard to talk about a possible destiny now, but there are interests, inclusive from Italy and England teams. It’s hard to say where he is going now. It’s not a secret that Kaká wants to go back to Italy, but that depends in a lot of things.”

“Brazilian footbal (transfers) is closed. So is MLS. He wants to live in the United States in the latests years of his career and saw some possibilities, but not in this moment.”
 
The 31-year-old scored twice on Thursday night as Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 in a friendly to lift the Teresa Herrera trophy.

Kaka’s current deal expires in June 2015.