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The Bianconeri claim they were left with no option to
pull out of the proposed transfer, while at the same
time confirming that they tried to sign Marek Hamsik
Beppe Marotta has claimed that Juventus called off
their pursuit of Julian Draxler because Schalke
were "difficult" to deal with, the asking price was
"disproportionate" and the player's attitude wasn't

The Bianconeri were desperate to land a versatile
attacker before the close of the summer transfer
window and had their sights set on Germany
international Draxler.

However, the Italian champions failed to agree a
deal with Schalke for the 21-year-old, who ended
up joining Wolfsburg instead.

Juve's deadline-day signing of Hernanes from Inter
has thus been viewed as an act of desperation but
Marotta insists that they were left with no option but
to drop their interest in Draxler.

“I officially pulled out of the running on August 19,"
the Bianconeri director general told reporters on
Wednesday. "It was difficult to deal with Schalke, a
very mysterious club where nobody knew with
whom we could talk.

"It was thus difficult to deal with them so we pulled
“They had also demanded a disproportionate asking
price and the player's motivation wasn't the
highest. He did not want to come.

"He's a young boy and has quality but we want to
win this season. We must integrate personality,
determination and soul into a winning group."

Marotta also confirmed that Juve had tried to sign
Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, with Partenopei
president Aurelio De Laurentiis having claimed that
the Serie A champions offered €25 million for the
Slovakia international.

"Juventus were on Hamsik for a month," he added.
"We spoke 10 times with De Laurentiis but we
worked under the radar and nobody knew about it.

"Hamsik would have been a good fit for Juventus
because he already knows Serie A. If you want to
win in Italy, you need players like this.

"But some names have not come out. Maybe you’re
not aware of them, but they are big names..."

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