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Juve show intent with double swoop

Published: Thursday 1 July 2010, 12.00CET
Juventus have moved again to reinforce the ranks for the coming campaign, spending €27.5m to bring Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and Uruguay winger Jorge Martínez to Turin.

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Published: Thursday 1 July 2010, 12.00CET

Juve show intent with double swoop

Juventus have moved again to reinforce the ranks for the coming campaign, spending €27.5m to bring Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and Uruguay winger Jorge Martínez to Turin.

Juventus have continued to revamp their squad for the new season with the signings of AS Bari centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and winger Jorge Martínez from Calcio Catania.

Both players have put pen to paper on five-year contracts, with Italian international Bonucci arriving for a €15.5m fee and the transfer of Uruguay's Martínez worth about €12m.

Bonucci, 23, had an impressive 2009/10 season with Bari – featuring in every minute of their Serie A campaign. The former FC Internazionale Milano youngster was named in Marcello Lippi's FIFA World Cup squad yet failed to appear on the pitch as the Azzurri bowed out at the group stage.

The 27-year-old Martínez joins the Bianconeri after three successful seasons at Catania in which the attacker scored 22 goals in 86 league games. However, the former Montevideo Wanderers FC and Club Nacional de Football player was overlooked for his national team's trip to South Africa.

Juventus have already taken Italy winger Simone Pepe on loan from Udinese Calcio and captured AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Storari this summer. They will play in the UEFA Europe League third qualifying round after finishing seventh last term.

Last updated: 27/11/12 16.45CET

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