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  01/06/2011: Marco Lichtsteiner denies meeting Beppe Marotta
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Speaking to La Lazio Siamo Noi, Marco Lichtsteiner, Stephan's brother and agent has denied meeting Juventus' transfer chief Beppe Marotta in secret.

"I've not spoke to Juventus or had a secret meeting with Marotta. My brother has a contract with Lazio that runs into the summer of 2013 and we respect that. We will talk to Claudio Lotito first. If Stephan leaves Lazio, he will do so by being dignified and showing respect. We owe that to the club and the fans."

Talk about Lichtsteiner's move to Juventus has been on the go for a couple of weeks now but nothing of note has taken place in that time period. It seems Juventus are struggling to meet the right-back's buyout clause of 12 million euro. There have been rumours that goalkeeper Marco Storari and/or Paolo De Ceglie could be inserted into the deal but no firm offer has been made. Whether or not Juventus can afford the Swiss star is a hot topic of debate.

Speculation suggests that Lazio are looking for a replacement in case Juventus exercise the buy-out clause. reported yesterday that Igli Tare will watch the upcoming tie between Romania and Bosnia to check out Cristian Sapunaru. Meanwhile, Braga right-back Silvio is also a reported target.

(Cathal Mullan)
Thibaut 6/3/2011 9:09:33 AM
Silvio has promised himself to Atletico Madrid.
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