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Last Updated: Friday, 8 July, 2005, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Juve step up plans to land Vieira
Juventus admit they are still hoping to sign Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira.

General director Luciano Moggi has been attempting to seal a deal for the 29-year-old, but said: "Arsenal don't want to sell him."

But reports in Italy say it is Arsenal's 14m asking price that is holding up the deal, with Juve offering 5m plus midfielder Stephen Appiah.

Moggi said: "I haven't said that he is too expensive. In any case we will have to meet them again."

The Italian champions have rejected a 30m approach from Chelsea for striker David Trezeguet, 27, and are instead intent on strengthening their squad.

Moggi has identified Vieira, 29, as a potential summer target.

He said recently: "Obviously, they will not let him go cheaply as he is a magnificent, winning midfielder but if Arsenal are willing to do business, we'd buy him tomorrow."


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