Udinese set Juve Pizarro deadline
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pizarro is closing in on a switch to the Italian champions with Udinese content to allow the South American to leave Stadio Friuli.
The Bianconeri's president Giampaolo Pozzo is happy for Pizarro to sign for the Turin giants because Udinese will receive Enzo Maresca on loan in part exchange.
But Pozzo has thrown down the gauntlet to Juventus by insisting they need to tie up the loose ends of the deal with urgency as he has also received interest from The Premiership.
"I've been called also from England but in my opinion, Juventus are favourites," said Pozzo.
"Because they are the ones that can give me a good replacement: Maresca. Me and coach Spalletti like him a lot. Then they have Sculli too. Pizarro in exchange for those two players and a few million euros.
"But these are details and I still close affairs with those who want to close them. But Juve have to quicken. Either Moggi takes Pizarro immediately or I decide to keep him and try to reach the Champions League next season."
Pozzo also confirmed he is happy to allow imposing German attacker Jancker to quit Udinese and also admitted there are negotiations in place for several members of the squad.
Jancker struggled to set Serie A alight following his arrival from Bayern Munich and was linked with Stuttgart last week with his Udinese career nearing the end.
"I'm evaluating offers for (Marek) Jankulovski and (Martin) Jorgensen," added Pozzo to Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Surely Jancker will leave. Bayern sold him to us in a bad condition but we helped him and now he want to play continually to maintain his place in his national team. And I want to content him.
"As for (Roberto) Muzzi, I'll decide. Someone spoke to me about Simone Inzaghi. It's okay but Lazio in this case must pay the half of the salary."