Juventus have just signed Sassuolo forward Simeone Zaza in a 5-year deal, which further strengthens their attacking prowess.
The player is estimated to cost the Old Lady around €18 million, or £12.7 million. The Italian national was highly praised by Serie A critics and was under the Turin side’s watch for quite some time.
Back in 2013, the two clubs involved entered into a deal of dual ownership of the player with their Serie A rivals for the striker, but Juventus decided to sell their part of the share away a year later completely to the Neroverdi. But the buyback clause was kept as a safe-keeping measure and they decided to encash upon it this summer.
It is also understood that the club would pay their share of €18 million over three years.
The club’s website says: “Juventus announces that it has reached an agreement with Sassuolo for the outright acquisition of the sporting rights of the footballer Simone Zaza for €18 million, which is to be paid over three years.”
“Juventus also confirms that the same player has signed a five-year contract with the club.”
This would be the third signing for the Old Lady as they look to improve their attack. After the loss of Tevez to Boca Juniors, and a possible departure for Paul Pogba imminently approaching, they have taken no chance by buying strikers Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid and Paulo Dybala from Palermo.
The 24-year-old has played 2 seasons for Sassuolo and has scored 20 goals in the past 64 matches. These include goals against heavyweights like Inter, AC Milan and Roma. He is also known to be a little bit of a hot head, collecting 11 yellow cards till now.
He has also featured for the National team, as he was played against Netherlands last year in a friendly encounter.