Bendtner, De Jong are key last-day moves in Italy

Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner was loaned from Arsenal to

champion Juventus and Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong left

Manchester City for AC Milan in the two biggest moves on the final

day of a lackluster Italian transfer window.

Also, Luca Toni rejoined Fiorentina in a surprise move just

before the deadline.

Juventus will reportedly pay Bendtner ?1.5 million ($1.88

million) this season, and will have the option to pay Arsenal ?6

million ($7.54 million) after this season to keep him.

”So happy and humble. A dream come true,” Bendtner tweeted.

”I can finally say I am a Juventus player. Very proud and can’t

wait to wear the stripes! I hope we will have great times


Milan announced a three-year deal for De Jong and included him

in its squad for Saturday’s match at Bologna. The Rossoneri will

reportedly pay City a ?3.5 million ($4.4 million) transfer fee.

With few major signings, the transfer focus has been on the

departures of key players like Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and

Thiago Silva, and Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi – who have all joined

Paris Saint-Germain.

Bendtner scored eight goals while on loan with Sunderland last

season. De Jong helped City to the Premier League title and was in

the Netherlands team that finished runner-up to Spain at the 2010

World Cup.

Juve has kept most of its squad intact after winning Serie A for

the first time since being stripped of its 2006 title following a

match-fixing scandal. However, Milan has offloaded an entire

squad’s worth of players and has made several acquisitions this


On Wednesday, Milan signed 22-year-old Spanish forward Bojan

Krkic from Roma, a day after bringing in 17-year-old French forward

M’Baye Niang from Caen.

Inter Milan also appears relatively satisfied with its squad,

having already added goalkeeper Samir Handanovic from Udinese to

replace the departed Julio Cesar, midfielder Walter Gargano on loan

from Napoli and forwards Antonio Cassano (from Milan) and Rodrigo

Palacio (Genoa). But club President Massimo Moratti is still

looking for a backup to forward Diego Milito, with Lazio’s Sergio

Floccari among the last-minute possibilities.

On Friday, Inter introduced Uruguayan midfielder and fullback

Alvaro Pereira, who was signed from Porto to replace the departed


”Maicon was a great and important player and he did a lot for

Inter, but I’m Alvaro Pereira and I’m another person,” Pereira


Fiorentina has remodeled its entire squad with 16 new players

for coach Vincenzo Montella, with Toni the final addition.

The 35-year-old Toni scored 47 Serie A goals for Fiorentina in

2005-06 and 2006-07 before leaving for Bayern Munich. He had been

out of contract.

Fiorentina also added Serbia defender Nenad Tomovic in a ?2.5

million ($3.14 million) deal from Lecce and midfielder Giuliano

Migliaccio in a free loan from Palermo.

Earlier this week, Fiorentina sharply criticized Juventus for

interfering in its negotiations with Manchester United forward

Dimitar Berbatov, who decided to remain in the English Premier

League by joining Fulham.

In other moves, forward Marco Borriello left Roma for Genoa,

freeing Alberto Gilardino to join Bologna

Meanwhile, Napoli appeared set to announce a renewal for prized

forward Edinson Cavani.

Aiming for a top-three finish to get back into the Champions

League, Napoli also signed midfielder Giandomenico Mesto from Genoa

and 21-year-old Brazilian defender Bruno Uvini from Sao Paulo.

Elsewhere, Sydney FC announced Friday that former Juventus

forward Alessandro Del Piero had agreed to contract terms with the

A-League club, but the player’s brother and agent said the deal was

not finalized.

Also, Romanian forward Adrian Mutu joined Corsican side Ajaccio

in a three-year deal earlier this week from Cesena.