Juventus still planning Dzeko raid

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Juventus' director general Giuseppe Marotta says that his club will try again to sign Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko next summer, but he expects the Bosnia international to join Bayern Munich.

The 24-year-old was a target for a host of top clubs before the transfer window slammed shut, with Manchester City, AC Milan and Chelsea all reportedly rivalling Juve for Dzeko's signature.

However, his current club fended off all advances for a second successive summer.

Marotta told the Italian media: "Dzeko is one of the strongest players in Europe, he makes a difference.

"We wanted him and we did everything we could within our possibilities to acquire him in the summer transfer market. However, Wolfsburg put up a wall.

"Unfortunately, (general manager) Dieter Hoeness was firm on his decision not to sell.

"We will try again but something tells me that in the future he will end up playing at Bayern Munich."

Former Internazionale goalkeeper Walter Zenga believes the club will do very well to replicate last season's performances now that Jose Mourinho has departed the San Siro.

The Portuguese coach left in the summer to join Real Madrid after guiding the Nerazzurri to the Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia titles last term and Zenga feels new boss Rafael Benitez will struggle to come close to Mourinho.

"Inter's problem was not on the transfer market, but on the bench," he told Il Corriere della Sera.

"Inter lost the number one coach, the best in the world. Jose Mourinho is irreplaceable."

Elsewhere, the agent of Fiorentina captain Riccardo Montolivo has said he could be ready to sign at new contract with the Serie A side.

Director Pantaleo Corvino was hopeful of extending the midfieder's terms and agent Carlo Pallavicino believes both parties should settle the matter sooner rather than later.

"I have been following the developments and I hope that it is as easy as Corvino said it would be," the agent told Lady Radio.

"I think that the situation is already progressing, we just have to resolve some small issues which have held up the signature so far.

"I am optimistic though. The club wants to keep Montolivo and his will is the same as theirs."