At the same time, reports out of Italy at that time had stated that Juventus and Sporting had agreed to a deal that would see the defender move to Italy when he turned 18. Sporting has continually denied that a deal was in place, and earlier this week in a Twitter Q&A, Robb Heineman, when asked if Sporting had agreed to sell Palmer-Brown, said "Noooooo."
But agreeing to sell and negotiating are two separate things. The team has admitted that Juventus has approached Sporting about Palmer-Brown though. In fact tonight when asked about the ESPN article, Heineman admitted that Juventus is in Orlando watching him.
@BradShapiroKC as straightforward as possible. They r here in Orlando watching him, and we've not agreed to anything. And not motivated 2
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) February 22, 2014
So while Heineman says that the team is not motivated to make a deal with Juventus, the fact that the Italian club came to Orlando to watch Palmer-Brown in preseason, speaks volumes to their interest in Palmer-Brown. What it also means is that this rumor is not going to go away.