City have agreed a formal link with Juventus which could lead to an exchange agreement
with the Italian giants.
Citys chairman Bryan Richardson said:
"It is a formal link, but it does not involve cross-swapping of shares or anything
of that sort.
"It is a link which we hope will develop. We could be swapping people for coaching
and generally co-operating with each other and helping each other. Gradually we hope to
improve what we have here in terms of our playing staff."
Richardson and Coventrys manager Gordon Strachan met with Juventus officials last
week after spending several hours in talks with Inter Milan which resulted in two players
signing for the English club on loan.
"It was an extraordinary few hours at Inter. They were so friendly and made us so
welcome. They offered us their No.2 goalkeeper Raffaele Nuzzo and an exciting 18 year old
midfielder Antonino Caruso on 12 months loan and they told us we could sign them
permanently at any time in that period.
"Mauro Milanese came up during our conversations and we could have access to him
as well," said Coventrys chairman.
Coventrys bid to sign striker Stefano Gioacchini from Venice could fall through
however. The player impressed during a three months loan and City made a bid to buy him.