Giovinco to make Juventus exit

Published Jul. 19, 2010 1:18 p.m. EDT

Sebastian Giovinco's agent has revealed that his client is to leave Juventus in search of regular first-team football.

The diminutive playmaker was tipped to be the next big thing in Italy upon bursting onto the scene in 2007.

However, the 23-year-old has struggled to force his way into the fold under a succession of managers at Stadio Olimpico and is growing increasingly frustrated.

It appears the time has now come for him to take on a fresh challenge elsewhere, with incoming boss Luigi Del Neri failing to give him the assurances he wants to hear.


The likes of Arsenal, Bari and Parma are all reported to be ready to make their move, and Giovinco's representative expects a decision to be made before the end of the week.

Andrea D'Amico told Sky Italia: "It is normal that the boy wants to play. His desire was to do it at Juventus, but if the plans of the coach don't involve him, it is necessary that he leaves and plays elsewhere.

"He will choose the project that will give him greatest security. Within two or three days everything will be sorted out."

Bari coach Giampiero Ventura has been the first to openly express his interest in Giovinco and admits he would make the youngster the focal point of his side were he fortunate enough to secure his signature.

He told Tuttosport: "Giovinco in Bari could be a revelation. I think his arrival in Bari would be more important for him than for us.

"I'd build a team around him and so he could express himself in the best way. He is very much suited to our game and he would have no problems integrating. We'll see".