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Juventus coach Fabio Capello has dismissed talk that Alessio Tacchinardi could leave in January.
Tacchinardi has found himself on the fringes of the Juve team since Capello's arrival in the summer, bringing rumours of a move to Catalan giants Barcelona.
"We hope to sign Tacchinardi in January, yes, because we need a similar player with his characteristics," Laporta told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But I fear it is difficult because they have told me that Fabio Capello doesn't want to allow him to leave."
If Laporta misses out on Tacchinardi, the midfielder will join a list of names that the Barca chief has failed to tempt to La Liga from Serie A.
He added: "Last summer we were close to signing David Trezeguet but we didn't find an economical agreement.
"The year before we had hoped to sign Adriano before he went back to Inter [from Parma]. Subsequent events have given us the reason for that because Adriano is the best player there is in Italy, the only one for whom I'd do something foolish."