MILAN - Juventus continued the club's
rebuilding for the new Italian season on Thursday by completing
big-money deals for Bari centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and
Catania midfielder Jorge Martinez.
Both players have signed a five-year contract, Juventus
said in a statement.
Bonucci, part of Italy's ill-fated World Cup squad and a
replacement at Juve for the departed Fabio Cannavaro, cost 15.5
million euros and Uruguayan Martinez a further 12 million.
Twice European Cup winners Juve suffered one of their worst
Serie A seasons last term when they finished seventh.
New coach Luigi Del Neri favours a return to a 4-4-2 system
after previous bosses Ciro Ferrara and Alberto Zaccheroni
dabbled with other formations last season.
Juve, who also have a new president in Andrea Agnelli and
sporting director in Beppe Marotta, are pinning their hopes on
largely Italian talent with winger Simone Pepe and goalkeeper
Marco Storari already arriving in this transfer window.
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