Italian Serie A

Juventus snap up Matri

February 1, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Cagliari striker Alessandro Matri on loan with a view to a permanent €18 million transfer in the summer.

Alessandro Matri
GettyImagesAlessandro Matri has scored 11 Serie A goals in 19 starts this season

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The Bianconeri have paid €2.5million for the six-month loan deal which gives them the option of signing the 26-year-old for a fee of €15.5 million, to be paid over three years, at the end of the season.

The deal sees Juventus youngster Lorenzo Ariaudo head in the opposite direction.

Matri, 26, will provide cover for a Juve forward line that has been hit hard by injuries, with Fabio Quagliarella out for the rest of the season and Luca Toni also currently sidelined.

Juventus confirmed the deal on their website in a statement reading: "Juventus Football Club announces that the agreements have been finalised with Cagliari for the temporary acquisition of the registration rights of the player Alessandro Matri."

Following his move, Matri, who has scored 11 Serie A goals in 19 starts this season, thanked Cagliari for playing a crucial role in his career so far.

"The world of football is made of things like these. I consider the four years that I spent at Cagliari to be a fundamental step in my development as a footballer and as a man, " Matri told Sky Italia.

"To say that I was very happy in Sardinia would be reductive even if I ask for understanding from a professional point of view.

"My thanks go above all to the President, to my teammates, the directors, the technical staff and the club in general.

"I would like to give a special salute to the fans of Sardinia who have always supported and included me even in moments of difficulties.

"I wish Cagliari the best of success for the current season and for years to come, hoping that all their dreams, the new stadium included, can come true as soon as possible.

"I am linked to Cagliari by indelible memories, above all my first goal in Serie A at the San Paolo."