OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus Sign Nicolas Anelka

Victor Fraile

Oh. It's actually happened.

Turns out, those damn transfer rumors were true.

Nicolas Anelka's name first popped up in the Italian press on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, as Juventus were doing whatever the hell you wanna call it against Genoa, he arrived in Italy. On Sunday, he had his medical in Turin. And now, on Monday, he has signed his sixth-month contract with Juve, sealing his move to the Italian champions.

/grumble/

The ultra-informative announcement rom juventus.com:

Nicolas Anelka has completed his move to Juventus. The French striker has agreed to terms on a contract until 30 June 2013. The deal also includes an option to extend the players stay for a further year.

In addition to the six-month, €600,000 contract that Anelka signed, there are reportedly appearance bonuses that could push the deal to either €1.2 or €1.3 million. Seeing as he's supposed to be the replacement for Nicklas Bendtner, then those appearances may not be reached. Then again, we thought Marco Borrello wouldn't play much last season and looked what happened there.

Let's just hope that's not the case, okay? I know it's a low-risk move for a guy who — in the past — has shown he can put the ball in the back of the net. It's just not a move that fills me with optimism — or anything other than the need to scratch my head.

At least the contract is for sixth months. Yeah, I'll keep telling myself that.


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