AGNELLI RULES OUT TRANSFER MOVES
By Luis Murillo. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
JUVENTUS vice-president Umberto Agnelli has dismissed reports linking the club with a move for Barcelona superstar Rivaldo.
Speculation has been mounting in Italy that Juve were preparing a bid for the Brazilian ace and Atalanta's Cristiano Doni in a bid to end their mixed start to the season.
The Bianconeri's need for a new striker has been heightened by the loss of summer signing Marcelo Salas to a serious knee injury and Pavel Nedved has come in for a lot of criticism from general manager Luciano Moggi.
"Rivaldo won't come or Doni either," said Agnelli. "Marcelo Salas won't be replaced.
"Our economy obliges us to behave in this way."
A number of Serie A clubs are thinking about cutting their massive spending sprees as they find themselves in debt.
Both Roma and Lazio have agreed a cap in their spending for next season, but Agnelli believes that this will not solve the problem.
"That's not the key," said Agnelli. "The problem in Italy is that a lot of players are too well paid and also because of a wrong system."
Juve have also been linked with a move for Fiorentina duo Nuno Gomes and Paolo Vanoli.
The Viola are keen to offload some players in a bid to reduce their crippling debts and Vanoli's agent Andrea D'Amico had admitted that Juve coach Marcello Lippi is a big fan of the player.
"Lippi has always liked Vanoli's football, it can be the right move for the player to work with Lippi," said D'Amico.
"With Fiorentina having financial problems this could help Vanoli move to the Stadio Delle Alpi."
Any moves look unlikely as Agnelli insists that the team is still getting used to playing with each other and that he was not interested in making any signings at present.
"Juventus have still not adjusted to playing as a team where everybody understands each others game," said Agnelli.
"However they are good enough and strong enough to come through it. "
"I think we could get great results. The only thing we need is a little patience.
"That's why I think it's too soon to sign any player now.