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Juventus’ Ibrahimovic and Buffon to join AC Milan
« on: August 02, 2006, 03:36:59 PM »
Wednesday August 2, 2006

Juventus’ Ibrahimovic and Buffon to join AC Milan

TURIN: Troubled former European champions Juventus seem set to lose Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and goalkeeper Gianluiggi Buffon, Italian media reported yesterday.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that both players had agreed to join AC Milan after Juventus’ demotion to Serie B after being found guilty of match-rigging offences had been confirmed by an appeal court.

In Ibrahimovic’s case Juventus are demanding a 40mil euros transfer fee, while AC Milan are offering considerably less.

Buffon too, seems on his way to AC Milan even though Juventus president Francesco Cobolli Gigli said on Monday evening that Buffon had said he was going to stay with Juventus.

Yesterday it was reported though that Juventus were attempting to sign goalkeeper Marco Amelia from Livorno.

Livorno are demanding a 10mil euros transfer fee for the 24-year-old who is Buffon’s reserve in the national team. – dpa


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Juventus sell Vieira to Inter for $12.11 million
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2006, 03:42:16 PM »
Wed Aug 2, 2006

Juventus sell Vieira to Inter for $12.11 million

By Lisa Jucca

MILAN, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Juventus have sold France midfielder Patrick Vieira to Inter Milan for 9.5 million euros ($12.11 million), less than half what they paid for him a year ago.

Juventus said in a statement that they had booked a capital loss of 8.6 million euros on the sale, part of an exodus of players from the Turin club following a match-fixing scandal that led to their demotion to the second-tier Serie B league.

Inter confirmed the deal, saying Vieira had signed a four-year contract that would tie him to the club until June 2010.

Juve bought Vieira in July 2005 for 20 million euros from Arsenal. He played for Juventus only for one season in 2005-06.

Vieira, a candidate to take over from Zinedine Zidane as captain of France's national side, is the latest player to leave Juventus after the club were relegated to Serie B for conspiring with referees and linesmen to rig games during last season.

Inter were awarded the 2005-06 Italian league title last week after a sports tribunal revoked Juventus's title win.

Vieira returned to Italy last year, having been signed by Arsenal from Inter's city rivals AC Milan in 1996. 

The combative 30-year-old, a 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winner with France, moved to Turin after helping Arsenal win seven major trophies in nine years in north London.

His crunching tackles, deft ball control and unhurried distribution marked Arsenal's Senegal-born captain out as one of the best midfielders in English football.

His duels with former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane became a highlight of the Premier League season and Vieira was frequently linked with a move to Real Madrid.

A desire for a new challenge and a hunger for success in the Champions League, whose quarter-finals had proved an insurmountable obstacle for Arsenal, were behind his move back to Italy.

Ironically, Arsenal reached the final last season, losing to Barcelona after knocking Juventus out in the quarter-finals. Vieira was booked on his return to Highbury in Juve's 2-0 defeat and missed the second leg through suspension.

More recently, he helped France reach the World Cup final, lost on penalties to Italy, and looked set to stay with Juventus until the verdicts handed down in Italy's match-rigging scandal.