Juventus interest in Vieira on hold

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Reports had suggested the pair had travelled to London but that was immediately denied while the Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, who handles all transfer deals, was, in any case, on holiday in Spain.

Juventus are nevertheless certainly still interested in Vieira, who has two years left on his current deal. That would take him up to the age of 31 and Arsenal are understood to be set to offer him - as well as Gilberto Silva, Thierry Henry and Fredrik Ljungberg, new contracts. A new one-year deal has already been offered to Robert Pires, which has been rejected, and it is possible that the Frenchman will leave this summer. Pires, who has just 12 months left, could prove to be another target for Juventus, although he has also been linked to Valencia and Lyon, while the Turkish club Galatasaray have set a deadline of today for the 31-year-old to accept a three-year deal.

One player leaving Arsenal yesterday was the goalkeeper Graham Stack. The 23-year-old Irishman has moved to Reading on loan until January with a view to a permanent deal.

* The former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams will join the Dutch club Feyenoord next season as a trainee coach.

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