Tuesday, 29 January 2008

[Mercato] Juve secure Sissoko signing

Juventus have made their third signing of the week with Malian international midfielder Mohamed Sissoko moving to Turin from Liverpool for a fee that could rise to €13m.

Sissoko, who turned 23 last week, arrived in Turin yesterday to undergo medical tests before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with Juventus, who have paid an initial €11m for his services with the remaining €2m dependent on appearances.

Sissoko then left for Ghana, where he is representing his country in the Africa Cup of Nations.

"I'm happy to play for such an important club," said Sissoko after signing. "I feel this is a great step forward for my career."

Sissoko started his career at Auxerre before moving to Valencia in 2003 without making a league appearance. After two years in Spain, helping the club to a Primera Liga and UEFA Cup double in the first of those seasons under Rafael Benitez, he followed the former Valencia coach to Liverpool in 2005 and won the English FA Cup in his first season.

He struggled to win a regular role, however, making only 51 Premier League appearances in his two-and-a-half years at Anfield including only six this season, and has opted to link up again with the man who succeeded Benitez at Valencia, Juve coach Claudio Ranieri.

The Turin giants are third in Serie A and announced the arrivals of Olof Mellberg and Guglielmo Stendardo on Monday.

Source: UEFA

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