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Storari to cover for Buffon at Juve

Goalkeeper Marco Storari has joined Juventus from AC Milan in a €4.5m deal as the UEFA Europa League hopefuls seek cover for injured Italian international Gianluigi Buffon.

Storari to cover for Buffon at Juve
Storari to cover for Buffon at Juve ©UEFA.com

Juventus have reached an agreement with AC Milan to bring in their 33-year-old goalkeeper Marco Storari as cover for Gianluigi Buffon, whose back injury could rule him out for several months.

Juventus will pay €4.5m for Storari, who has signed a three-year contract with the Bianconeri. "I am proud to be here at Juventus," said Storari. "I'm joining a big club who have been through many changes during the last month and I am sure they will help us next season."

Storari spent the latter part of last term on loan at UC Sampdoria, where he was coached by new Juventus boss Luigi Delneri. The goalkeeper added: "Delneri is a good guy and he knows a lot about football. He's a straightforward person with whom I achieved extraordinary things in Genoa."

Buffon injured his back while in South Africa with Italy, and while Azzurri coach Marcello Lippi said he hoped to have him back before the end of the tournament, he is likely to undergo surgery when he returns home after the FIFA World Cup. Juve enter the UEFA Europa League in the third qualifying round, while Milan will compete in the UEFA Champions League group stage.