Juventus have announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo from their UEFA Champions League and Serie A rivals ACF Fiorentina for a fee of €20.5m plus winger Marco Marchionni.
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Juventus have announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo from UEFA Champions League and Serie A rivals ACF Fiorentina for a fee of €20.5m plus winger Marco Marchionni.
The 25-year-old, who helped Brazil to win the FIFA Confederations Cup last month, penned a five-year contract and follows fellow countryman Diego in joining the Bianconeri after his transfer from Werder Bremen in May. Felipe Melo arrived at Fiorentina from UD Almería last summer and played 29 League games, scoring two goals, with the Viola. He had recently renewed his contract until 2013 but was allowed to leave after the €25m release clause was activated, a figure Juve reached by including 28-year-old Marchionni in the deal.
"We can win everything but we will have to work hard in order to do it," said Felipe Melo. "I have covered several roles in midfield during my career so I don't mind which playing system we will use. I'm only here to help Juve win trophies." The Bianconeri enter the UEFA Champions League in the group stage with Fiorentina commencing in the play-off round.