Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta says they cannot afford Harry Kane, amid reports in Spain that the Bianconeri were set to bid €250 million.
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Don Balon claimed that Juventus had tabled a world record bid for Kane, who scored as Tottenham Hotspur fought back to draw their round-of-16 tie with Juve 2-2 on Tuesday night, but Marotta dismissed it as fantasy.
“There’s not one Italian club who, as things stand today, could afford to buy Harry Kane,” Marotta told Italy’s Mediaset television. “He’s a phenomenal player, but Italian clubs cannot compete with foreign rivals at such figures.”
Juve spent a club record €90m to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli 18 months ago, while AC Milan committed around €230m to bring in 11 new players in the summer, but spending €250m on a single player appears to be beyond the budgets of Italian clubs.
Harry Kane Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty ImagesMeanwhile, Marotta says there is no update on the future of Gianluigi Buffon, who is considering his future with his contract expiring in the summer.
“The most important thing is that we’ve got him back with us in this crucial part of the season,” Marotta said. “Buffon gives us added value and it’s only right that close consideration is given to his future.
“First of all, he has to do this. We’ve got an honest relationship with Buffon, based on transparency and esteem and it’s right that he decides his future.”
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Gianluigi Buffon’s less-than impressive showing in Juventus’ Champions League draw with Tottenham on Tuesday is evidence the Italy legend should retire, according to Mario Basler.
After Juve raced into a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes in Turin, Buffon made a point-blank save to deny Harry Kane.
However, he could do nothing to stop Spurs’ fightback as first Kane and then Christian Eriksen beat the 40-year-old to earn a 2-2 draw for the visitors.
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An onrushing Buffon was beaten by Kane for Tottenham’s first goal after 35 minutes, and he was caught by surprise as Eriksen fired home a late free-kick.
Gigi Buffon has harmed Juventus’ Champions League chances by not retiring, suggests Mario Basler
Buffon has previously said the 2017-18 season would be his last, but his future has been subject to huge speculation, with many calling for him to carry on.
Basler does not agree, though, and believes Juventus will not win the Champions League with the stalwart in goal.
“Gigi was an exceptional goalkeeper, but sometimes we miss the right time to retire,” former Bayern Munich winger Basler told Sport1.
“He’s missed the moment to retire. The club and the coach [Massimiliano Allegri] have to tell him that the time to stop has arrived.
“Maybe he really wants to win the Champions League, but he’s no longer an international level goalkeeper and Juventus won’t be able to win the trophy with him.”
Buffon called time on his international career after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in November, but has repeatedly stated he would reconsider if his country needed him.