The writing has been on the wall for months when it comes to Fabio Quaglirealla's future with Juventus.
It wasn't a matter of if Quagliarella was going to leave Juve this summer, just a matter of when. And luckily for the 31-year-old striker with a lovely tan, he doesn't even have to pack up and move cities. Ah, to have the ability to sign with a new club yet keep the same mailing address.
Da oggi ri-inizia un nuovo capitolo con la maglia del toro!— Fabio Quagliarella (@FQuagliarella27) July 18, 2014
Juventus Football Club can today announce that Fabio Quagliarella has completed a permanent switch to Torino Football Club after a fee of €3.5 million, to be paid over the next three years, was agreed by both parties.
The move to Juventus' city rivals will obviously give Quagliarella his first chance at consistent first-team football in years. Ever since his knee blew up against Parma in January 2011, it was a struggle to get back into the starting lineup on a full-time basis. The arrival of other strikers hurt said chances as well. Not exactly like there was a lot of room to play when Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tévez are pretty much starting week in and week out.
He did, however, continue to contribute in a limited capacity. Remember those goals in the Champions League against Chelsea? Those were pretty cool. Even with the small amount of playing time he did receive, it wasn't like he was a lost cause out on the field. He contributed off the bench, always with the ability to score the insane PlayStation goal that made him such a unique kind of striker.
So we thank you for everything, Fabio. You might not have been the same player after your knee injury as you were before it, but you played your part in bringing Juventus back from the Dark Ages. And for that we will ever be thankful.