After all the rumors and talk about who will be arriving in Turin this summer, Juventus have made their first official signing on Tuesday.
The club announced that they have signed young Genoa midfielder Stefano Sturaro for the €5.5 million fee that was first reported in the Italian press just a few days earlier. Despite securing a move to Turin on Tuesday, Sturaro will be staying right where he came from next season, spending the 2014-15 campaign on loan with Genoa — an obvious effort to get him consistent playing time with the center of Juve's midfield being as crowded as it is.
From Juventus' official website:
Juventus Football Club can today confirm the signing of Stefano Sturaro from Genoa C.F.C. for an initial fee of €5.5 million to be paid over three years.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who has penned a five-year contract with the Bianconeri, will spend the 2014/15 campaign on loan at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
La Juventus comunica l'acquisto a titolo definitivo di Stefano Sturaro: http://t.co/Opz08G1682 pic.twitter.com/TX3kHr52ZN— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 1, 2014
Sturaro, who has been a member of a number of Italian youth national teams, appeared in 16 games last season — starting 13 matches, including a 1-0 loss to Juventus in mid-March — while scoring a goal and dishing out two assists. The knock on his game is the discipline — or lack thereof — as he accumulated seven yellow cards in those 16 appearances a season ago.
So we have our first Juventus signing of the season. Let there be a couple more. And a couple good ones at that, too. That'd be pretty nice to talk about.
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