Serie A: Juventus director Beppe Marotta criticises agents for unsettling players, calls for shorter transfer windows
Juventus director-general Beppe Marotta on Thursday called for a shorter summer transfer period as he slammed agents for unsettling players before the start of the season.
Milan: Juventus director-general Beppe Marotta on Thursday called for a shorter summer transfer period as he slammed agents for unsettling players before the start of the season.
Speaking two days before Juventus begin the defence of their Serie A title at home to Cagliari, Marotta said the Turin giants would not be making "extravagant" purchases before the transfer period ends on 31 August.
But he claimed there is a growing belief that the end of the summer transfer period must be brought into line with the start of the season to stop agents unsettling players.
"It is a wretched (summer transfer) market, and all clubs are in favour of seeing the window closed earlier," Marotta told Jtv, the club's official channel.
"Once the league season starts this is a point we have to discuss further. Even moreso because the summer transfer market is now full of agents trying to get a move for their players; some of whom, at the first exclusion (from the squad), perhaps in a friendly, express the desire to switch clubs.
"It risks making it an open air market that has nothing to do with the values of sport."
Juventus secured a record sixth consecutive league title in 2017 to wrap up a record third successive league and Cup double, but are expected to be pushed hard by AC Milan and Inter Milan this coming season.
Having sold long-time defender Leonardo Bonucci to Milan for €41.5 million euros, Marotta said coach Massimiliano Allegri had now just about filled his roster.
"There's still two weeks left (until the transfer deadline), we'll see what happens but certainly nothing extravagant," added Marotta.
"We know we have a competitive squad full of top professionals. For us, it's difficult to improve on that."
The US-owned outfit will not be allowed to sign new players for four transfer windows starting from next January 2022, along with two northern amateur sides.
He scored two goals in 21 games in Madrid before joining Milan last season on loan, scoring seven goals in 39 appearances for the northern Italian outfit.
"AC Milan are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Fode Ballo-Toure from AS Monaco," last season's Serie A runners-up said in a statement.