Friday, 30 May 2008

[Mercato] Juve complete Amauri signing

Juventus have made their first acquisition ahead of their return to Champions League action by signing Brazilian striker Amauri from Serie A rivals Palermo for €15.3m plus co-ownership of Antonio Nocerino and Davide Lanzafame.

The Sao Paulo-born Amauri, 27, scored an impressive 15 goals in 34 league appearances for the Sicillian outfit in 2007/08 and joins the Bianconeri on a four-year contract.

Amauri moved to Palermo from Chievo in the summer of 2006 as a replacement for Luca Toni, having previously spent time with Napoli and on loan at Messina and Piacenza.

Travelling in the opposite direction is midfielder Nocerino. The 23-year-old made his Italy debut in October's friendly against South Africa and was a regular as Juve finished third in the top-flight to qualify for the third qualifying round of Europe's premier club competition.

He will face competition for a place in the Rosanero midfield from Fabio Liverani, 32, who agreed a three-year contract after a free transfer from Fiorentina. Striker Lanzafame has been playing on-loan for Serie B outfit Bari this season, but will also play in Sicily next year.

Meanwhile, Antonio Langella has left Atalanta to join UEFA Cup contenders Udinese for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old, who has penned a one-year-deal with the Zebrette, was lured by the chance to play in Europe, admitting that "the possibility of playing in the UEFA Cup had a big impact on my decision".

Source: UEFA

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