Juventus keen to resurrect Sissoko transfer

January 21, 2008

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri is hoping to resurrect a move for Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.

Juve president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli said last week the club would not make any signings in the January transfer window - negating Sissoko's statement that he was 'very close' to securing a move to the Italian club.

But Ranieri still hopes to be reunited with the Mali international after working with him at Valencia.

'Sissoko could arrive,' Ranieri told radio programme Anch'io lo Sport. 'He is another piece of the jigsaw to add to my team.'

Sissoko joined Liverpool in the summer of 2005 but has struggled to hold down a starting place and Rafael Benitez has confirmed the 22-year-old can leave if the right offer comes in.

One player who could make way for Sissoko is Tiago - who Ranieri shelled out £10million for in the summer.

The Portugal midfielder has started just four games for Juve since moving from Lyon, and Ranieri admits he is at a loss as to why the 26-year-old has failed to make an impact at the Stadio Olimpico.

'Certainly, people were expecting something more from certain players - that's undeniable,' added Ranieri.

'But being unable to fulfil expectations is something that can happen when you pull on the Juventus shirt.

'Tiago? He is my biggest worry, he has class and he doesn't lack anything to do well. I'm very concerned by it.'