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Juventus make Malouda enquiry

January 26, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Juventus have approached Chelsea to thrash out a loan deal for out of form winger Florent Malouda, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

GettyImagesFlorent Malouda: Could be on his way out.

The French international has struggled to make an impact since manager Luiz Felipe Scolari arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer and has been hotly tipped to leave during the January transfer window.

Malouda, who moved to Chelsea from Lyon in 2007 for £13.5m, has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular, despite showing early promise when he first arrived in the Premier League.

Scolari's predecessors Avram Grant and Jose Mourinho also failed to get the best out of the former Guingamp player.

But Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri is eager to sign reinforcements as he attempts to catch Serie A leaders Inter Milan and the former Chelsea boss has earmarked Malouda as a key recruit.

Juve may have to fight off interest from Spanish side Villarreal who have been linked with a £9m swoop for Malouda.