Thursday, May 14, 2009

Juventus feel close to signing Diego

Rome - Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has expressed optimism about the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Diego from German side Werder Bremen.

"Now we hope to continue (the negotiations) and put the stamps on legal papers by early June," the ANSA news agency Thursday quoted Cobolli Gigli as saying.

"Stamps are a formality. The news from the footballer and other clubs confirm the validity of the negotiations done by (Juve director general Jean-Claude) Blanc and
(sporting director Alessio) Secco."

Bayern Munich, who had also set their sights on the 24-year-old international, said they are no longer after Diego.

"Diego is certainly a great champion," Cobolli Gigli said. "He is a young player with great class and his arrival will imply a change in (Juve's) game tactics.

"(Coach Claudio) Ranieri has considered this and he is ready to tackle what is more than a possibility. It's virtually a certainty.

"I saw him play and I think he is a player who can add something to Juve, effectively siding with our great champions."

The UEFA Cup and German cup finalists Bremen last week confirmed talks with Juve, who will likely have to pay around 25 million euros (34 million dollars) for the playmaker.

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