Juve sign Iaquinta

MILAN - Newly promoted Juventus Turin have signed Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta from Udinese for ß8 million (about R72 million), La Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday.

MILAN - Newly promoted Juventus Turin have signed Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta from Udinese for ß8 million (about R72 million), La Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday.

The 27-year-old World Cup winner leaves the Udine side after seven seasons to join Juve as they look to strengthen their squad after securing a return to Serie A with three games left.

Under the deal, striker Michele Paolucci, who is owned by Juve but currently plays with Ascoli, is to join Udinese as a loan.

The Turin club have also signed Czech defender Zdenek Grygera from Ajax Amsterdam and Bayern Munich's Bosnian midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic.

Juventus were punished last year with the first relegation in the club's history over a match-fixing scandal.

The Italian football federation also handed down a nine-point penalty to Juve and stripped them of the Serie A titles they won in 2005 and 2006, awarding the latter to Inter Milan.

l Chelsea's misfiring Ukrainian international striker Andriy Shevchenko has been invited to yesterday's Champions League final against Liverpool by his former club AC Milan. - Sapa-DPA

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