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
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
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
Also, Romanian forward Adrian Mutu joined Corsican side Ajaccio
in a three-year deal earlier this week from Cesena.