Catania dismiss Lopez link

Juve reported to be eyeing January swoop for striker

Lopez: Linked with Juve

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Catania have dismissed reports star striker Maxi Lopez is set to leave in January.

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Juventus are thought to be keeping tabs on the Argentinian-born forward, who has made an impressive return to Europe after failing to establish himself at Barcelona and FC Moscow.

After a successful season-long loan at Gremio during 2009, the 26-year-old scored 12 goals in 25 games for the Brazilian outfit to earn a four-year deal with Catania in January this year.

Lopez has gone on to score 12 goals in 25 Serie A games to alert Juve and although Catania insist he will not be leaving Sicily in the winter transfer window, he could be prised away in the summer.

"No clubs are thinking of transfers at this moment," said the club's sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco. "Maxi Lopez will stay with us until June."

Injury conerns

Juve currently have question marks over the fitness of two of their strikers, namely Amauri and Vincenzo Iaquinta.

Amauri will be sidelined for about two weeks through the injury that forced him off in the first half of Sunday's 0-0 draw at Bologna.

The 30-year-old suffered a blow to his Achilles tendon and although scans showed there is no tear, he needs a fortnight of treatment before being able to return to contention for the first team.

Iaquinta, meanwhile, is still suffering from swelling in his right knee and has been restricted to two league starts so far this term.