In what should be made official Wednesday, as the finalisation and registration of the contract with the Lega Calcio are being processed, Juventus have acquired the services of custodian Marco Storari from Milan on a permanent basis to help provide a little more depth and quality to our goalkeeping rotation. With a statement released today on Juventus’ official website, the club announced Storari underwent the necessary medical tests early this morning where the 33 year-old passed with flying colours.
Storari represents a much needed option next season between the pipes as Chimenti turns 40 this June, and Manninger’s allure seems to fade more and more as games go by. By many accounts, Marco should be able to challenge Alex for that number two spot behind Gigi as he’s proved to be very capable with solid displays for Sampdoria and Milan this season.
Milan, who has secured the services of Marco Amelia for one year to replace Storari, was originally in talks with Sampdoria’s Gasparin earlier this month about a permanent stay for Storari. However talks broke down on account of a disagreement in the asking price. But now with the ex-Samp duo Marotta and Del Neri at Juventus, their impressions of Storari whilst playing for them last year were highly regarded enough to warrant a higher bid from the Bianconeri.
"I’m not scared at having to replace Buffon. I have already performed this role for Christian Abbiati, Nelson Dida and Zeljko Kalac at Milan. I started a season as the fourth choice goalkeeper and ended up being first pick. I will do my work with a relaxed attitude. I am very happy to be at Juve. It’s a great honour to play for this team and we can challenge for major objectives," said Storari. "I accepted Juve’s proposal because this is a big club and signed me by spending a pretty penny. That’s very satisfying to know. It’s also true that the presence of former Sampdoria men Gigi Del Neri and Beppe Marotta was decisive in my choice."
According to reports, we’ve signed the goalkeeper from Pisa on a three-year contract with the salary somewhere just over the €1 million mark per season. In terms of the transfer fee between the two clubs, not much is know at the moment aside from Storari's "pretty penny" comment, but stay tuned for more details that will be updated in the comments section below. [Update] Thanks to Daniel for posting this in the comments section below. It's been revealed that Juventus has agreed to a €4.5 million transfer fee for Storari to be paid in three installments over the next three years.
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