Juventus were looking for a striker in the summer transfer market. Despite the presence of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, the Italian champions wanted to beef up their attackline.
The Turin giants were linked with a number of strikers during the window, including Radamel Falcao, who joined Manchester United from AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day.
Another name mentioned in regard to moving to Juventus was Mario Balotelli. The Italy international was put up for sale by AC Milan, and there were reports in the Italian media that the Bianconeri could make a move for him.
Although Balotelli had started his professional career at Juve’s arch-rivals Inter Milan and grew up supporting Milan as a kid, it is not unheard of players switching between the top Italian clubs.
However, Balotelli was never on Juventus’s radar. That’s according to the club’s director-general Giuseppe Marotta.
‘Mario Balotelli? We never went in for him’ Football Italia quotes the 57-year-old as telling Radio 1.
Balotelli eventually left Milan last month, returning to the Premier League after just one-and-a-half years away. Liverpool reportedly paid £16 million as transfer fee for the 24-year-old, who has already been among the goals for the Reds this season.