Juve warn Miccoli suitors

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Benfica have been warned that Fabrizio Miccoli's move is not certain despite Aston Villa's likely withdrawal from the race to sign the Juventus striker.

The two clubs were competing to snap up the striker, who has slipped away from first team contention and was loaned to Fiorentina last season.

However, with Aston Villa set to land Milan Baros, Juve have told Benfica that they will not compromise on their price tag.

"I have no hurry about Miccoli," said general manager Luciano Moggi.

"When other clubs will need a player with his characteristics you will see they will ask us for him and we will sell him at the best price.

"I don't exclude he will stay at Juve until January and that he might play too."

It is believed that Benfica want to pay ‚é¼500,000 for a year's loan with an option to pay ‚é¼4.5 million for a permanent deal next summer.

Juve want considerably more for the striker, and will be disappointed that Villa have found themselves another player.