Legrottaglie swaps Juve for Milan

MILAN - Former Italy defender Nicola Legrottaglie moved to Serie A leaders AC Milan from rivals Juventus on Monday in one of the biggest surprises of Italy's transfer deadline day.

The 34-year-old, backup to Juve centre backs Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, has signed a sixth-month deal at Milan to act as cover for a defensive line struck by several injuries.

Milan had already brought in Antonio Cassano, Mark van Bommel, Urby Emanuelson and Didac Vila during the January transfer window in a bid to further boost their charge for a first scudetto since 2004.

Juve, stuttering in seventh in Serie A, are trimming the average age of their squad and signed centre back Andrea Barzagli from Wolfsburg last week.