Juventus have completed the signing of Fiorentina midfielder Felipe Melo for around €21 million, according to Sky Sport Italia. The 25-year-old Brazilian is believed to have agreed a five-year deal worth €2.6 million per season, with official confirmation from both clubs expected on Thursday evening. The deal is also likely to see Juventus winger Marco Marchionni - who has four caps for Italy - join Fiorentina, with the Turin outfit paying an additional €4 million to retain the player's ownership. "Florence was always my first choice," Marchionni told reporters after initially rejecting Fiorentina's offer which threatened the player plus cash deal involving Melo. Melo will join up with compatriot and former Werder Bremen playmaker Diego, who was being unveiled on Juve's first day of pre-season training at a mountain retreat on Thursday. Diego will wear number 28 because captain Alessandro Del Piero holds his preferred number 10 shirt. Melo has made 29 league appearances for la Viola since arriving from Spanish side Almeria a year ago. He was part of the Brazil side that successfully defended their Confederations Cup crown with victory against USA, having netted for the Samba Boys against the same opposition in the group phase of the competition. NEWS: Arsenal make move for Melo NEWS: Gilberto - Arsenal need man like Melo NEWS: Melo reports squashed by spokeman NEWS: Gilardino denies Melo exit talk NEWS: Gilardino: Melo may be sold NEWS: Flattered Melo may yet join Arsenal ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter
9 July 2009
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