Juve confirm double capture
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus have confirmed the captures of Giuliano Giannichedda and Robert Kovac.Juventus have confirmed the double capture of Giuliano Giannichedda and Robert Kovac.
Both players have arrived on free transfers from Lazio and Bayern Munich respectively.
Midfield dynamo Giannichedda (pictured) will add some extra bite to Juve's midfield, while Croatian stopper Kovac will look to earn a starting role alongside Fabio Cannavaro at the heart of the Old Lady's defence.
"This has been an extraordinary season for Juventus and we proved throughout the campaign that we were better than Milan," said Juve's director general Luciano Moggi.
"As for next year, the team is already competitive and we have already reinforced the squad with the signing of Kovac and Giannichedda."
However, Juve's summer spending will not be finished with Giannichedda and Kovac. They are being strongly linked with Palermo's Andrea Barzagli, although Walter Samuel of Real Madrid could be an option but only if they allow Emerson to move in the opposite direction.
Moggi did confirm that Juve would no longer be pursuing Monaco's Shabani Nonda - but denied he had failed a medical.
"It isn't true he made medical checks and he failed them," added Moggi.
"We simply looked at him, but after evaluating our attack we think it is complete so we decided to give-up on him. We can't make a forwards' collection.
"We will do only few adjustments."
Moggi again insisted that David Trezeguet would be staying and that was one reason they did not need another forward.
"Trezeguet will stay at Juve and I say it clearly," he said.
"We don't surrender to pressures. We decided to stay with him next season and so David will stay with us next season.
"Our attack will be practically the same, with the addition of [Adrian] Mutu.
"If anything I could take in consideration few proposals about Marcelo Zalayeta, maybe a loan."