Juventus rebuffs Inter Milan

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Juventus has rebuffed an offer by Inter Milan for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, saying it was too low.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Juventus rebuffed an offer by Inter Milan for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, saying it was too low, the Italian news agency ANSA reported on Tuesday. "It would annoy me to let him go for the wrong price because Juve has to be able to look after its interests," Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli said, according to ANSA. Financial details of the offer were not disclosed but media reports have valued Ibrahimovic at 51 million dollars. Cobolli Gigli said earlier on Tuesday that the Turin powerhouse was in discussion with a number of clubs - including AC Milan - regarding the sale of the Sweden forward, but maintained hopes of hanging on to the player. Ibrahimovic last week threatened to take legal action to secure his release from demoted Juventus, saying that he had no intention of playing in Serie B. Juventus was stripped of its last two Serie A titles, relegated to Serie B and docked points for next season by a sports tribunal last month for its role in a match-fixing scandal. The sanctions sparked an exodus of players, including Gianluca Zambrotta, Lilian Thuram, Emerson, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira. Zambrotta and Thuram moved to FC Barcelona, while Emerson and Cannavaro joined former Juventus coach Fabio Capello at Real Madrid. Vieira transferred to Inter Milan. Ibrahimovic signed for Juventus in 2004 from Ajax. He has two years left on his contract. Juventus is also set to offer France striker David Trezeguet - another Inter target - a salary increase to keep him in Turin, according to reports. (AP)

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