Begiristain asked Zaragoza to keep him informed of negotiations with Juventus for the Argentina international - a request that was accepted by Barca's Spanish Liga rivals.

Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias refuses to budge from his £15 million asking price for Milito. Juve have made one formal offer - £8 million - and discussed yesterday a deal worth around £12 million based on appearances and success, which was immediately thrown out by Iglesias.