Juve reject City bid
Juventus have rejected Manchester City's bid for Giorgio Chiellini.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 31/07/07 4:20pm
Manchester City have failed in their bid to land Giorgio Chiellini, with the Italian club's president having confirmed that an initial offer has been rejected.
The Italy Under 21 international has emerged as Sven Goran Eriksson's latest target in what has been a lavish summer of spending at Manchester City.
Cash-rich City have left no stone unturned in their bid to improve their playing staff and it is expected Eriksson will add a number of fresh faces to the four new signings he has already completed.
Chiellini has made no secret of his desire to quit the Turin giants for England, with his agent reiterating his client's intent on Monday.
However, while Juve initially stated that they would not stand in the way of any deal should Chiellini wish to move, it would appear they have had a change of heart.
City could well return to Juventus with an improved offer, but for now, club president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli is refusing to sell.
"Our position is not to accept Man City's offer for Chiellini," said Gigli. "The player remains in our plans."