Thursday, 5 June 2008

[Mercato] Amelia seals Palermo switch

Palermo have signed Italy's reserve goalkeeper Marco Amelia from relegated Livorno for a reported fee of €6m.

The 26-year-old, who is acting as deputy to Gianluigi Buffon for the Azzurri at Euro 2008, has signed a four-year contract with the Sicilian side.

"Palermo have been trying to sign me for over a year and finally the deal has been done," Amelia told Palermo's website.

"As soon as I heard that the two clubs had reached an agreement, I didn't think twice about signing for an ambitious club like Palermo."

Amelia, a product of Roma's youth system, joined Livorno from Parma in 2004. He played 33 top-flight games in 2007/08 but failed to help his side avoid relegation to Serie B.

Palermo have been busy in the transfer market already this summer bringing in Antonio Nocerino, Andrea Raggi, Davide Lanzafame and Fabio Liverani.

Amauri, Andrea Barzagli, Cristian Zaccardo and Leandro Rinaudo have all departed the club.

Source: UEFA

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