A roundup of the notable movements made in the football world
Italian play maker, Alessandro Del Piero, has made a surprise move from Juventus to Sydney F.C; while Brazilian defender, Maicon, has moved to Manchester City from Inter Milan for an undisclosed fee. Fulham has also secured the services of Bulgarian striker, Berbatov, from Manchester United.
Del Piero has been a free agent since the end of last season after leaving Juventus, the only club he has ever played for having made over 500 appearances for the Bianconeri.
The deal to take him to Sydney is reportedly the most lucrative in A-League history.
“This is huge for Sydney FC, huge for the A-League and huge for Australian football,” the Sydney chairman Scott Barlow said.
“We feel honoured that Alessandro has decided to play for Sydney FC and we share his excitement that a move to Sydney FC will create a lasting legacy for football in this country.
“I want to thank the chief executive, Tony Pignata and the agent, Lou Sticca for the outstanding work over the last few days in progressing discussions with Alessandro, and I look forward to Tony finalising the contract in Italy over the coming days.”
Manchester City completed the signings of Maicon on transfer deadline day to see him join new signing of Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright. The 31-year-old previously worked with Mancini during their time at the San Siro. He has won 66 caps for his country, and will join up with his new team-mates following international duty.
Fulham were expecting to welcome Berbatov to their training ground on Friday afternoon; and have reserved the No9 shirt for him. Berbatov signed the paperwork on his ?5m transfer from United on Thursday night.
However, Manchester United manager , Alex Fergsuon, insisted no deal with Fulham had been completed. “I do not know what has happened,” the Scot said. “He has not gone yet. I do not know anything about it. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was at Tottenham. There are rumours going around. I do not think it is settled at Fulham.”
Kieran Richardson has also completed his move from Sunderland to Fulham. The 27-year-old, who was born in London, signed a three-year deal, with an additional year’s option, for an undisclosed fee.