Alessandro Matri and his infamous duck celebration are going to the San Siro.
The 29-year-old striker, who Juventus signed from Cagliari in January 2011, is officially heading back to the club he grew up at after Juve and AC Milan agreed to a move that sends the 29-year old striker to Milanello. Matri underwent medical exams earlier in the day on Friday, thus completing his €11 million move from Juventus to Milan.
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that an agreement has been finalized with AC Milan S.p.A for the definitive disposal of the registration rights of the player Alessandro Matri for a consideration of €11 million to be paid in four years. The economic effect on the 2013/2014 financial year will be positive for about €0.6 million.
Matri, who scored 11 goals in the second half of the 2011-12 season with Juve after arriving from Cagliari on loan (with Beppe Marotta's go-to options to buy), is likely to be a backup to Mario Balotelli at Milan. He finished with 27 goals in 69 Serie A games in a Juventus shirt. And with all the upgrades Milan tifo say their team needs in midfield and defense, signing a striker capable of scoring a good number of goals makes a whole lot of sense.
Okay, so maybe it doesn't.
But from Juventus' standpoint, getting €11 million for a striker who would probably barely play with Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez in town is a pretty good figure. Matri, for as good as he was when Antonio Conte first took over as Juve manager, didn't thrive the same way he did in the 3-5-2 formation as he did in Conte's 4-3-3.
Either way, Matri was one of the players that helped Juventus get to where they are today. His goals won a number of games — and a pair of Scudetti — for Juventus over the past 2 1/2 years, his girlfriend made as swoon. Hey, it was one of Beppe Marotta's better moves and it certainly paid dividends.