Official: Juventus Sign Matri, Quagliarella, Pepe and Motta

Borna KolbadiCorrespondent IJune 22, 2011

CESENA, ITALY - MARCH 12:  Alessandro Matri of Juventus celebrates scoring a goal during the Serie A match between AC Cesena and Juventus FC at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on March 12, 2011 in Cesena, Italy.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Getty Images)
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It was announced today on the club's official website that Juventus have taken up the option to sign four of the loaned players from last season. Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella, Marco Motta and Simone Pepe will all sign permanent contracts with Juventus. All deals are going to be paid in installments over the next three years, which means Juventus will have more money to spend this summer.

Matri, 26, was signed from Cagliari for a fee of €15.5 million over a 4-year deal. Matri played in 16 games for Juventus since January, scoring nine goals while assisting on one.

Juve paid €10.5 Million to Napoli for three years of Quagliarella's services. The 28-year-old Italian played 17 games and scored nine goals before his injury against Parma.

Pepe and Motta were both signed from Udinese for €7.5m and €3.5m, respectively. Pepe played 39 games for the Old Lady, scoring four times with three assists. Motta played 30 games and assited twice. Both players are tied to Juventus until 2015.

These transfers were mostly expected, except Motta, indicating that Juventus are going to offload some of the dead wood. Vincenzo Iaquinta (31), Amauri (31) and Luca Toni (34) are all expected to leave and be replaced by a young talented forward in the mold of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero. 


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