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Juve get Cannavaro and Ibrahimovic


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Fabio Cannavaro captained Italy's unsuccessful Euro 2004 bid.

MILAN, Italy -- Juventus have signed Italy international defender Fabio Cannavaro from Serie A rivals Inter Milan for a fee of 10 million euros.

Juve said in a statement to the Milan stock exchange they had agreed a four-year contract with the central defender.

Cannavaro, 30, joined Inter in 2002 from Parma after beginning his career with his hometown club Napoli.

Italy's captain at Euro 2004, he has made 80 appearances for his country.

Juve coach Fabio Capello, who tried to sign Cannavaro when at Roma, has been looking for a central defender throughout the close season.

"Cannavaro's arrival is splendid news," Capello told the club's website.

"He is an important reinforcement to our squad who adds to the size of the squad and its quality," he added

In pre-season friendly matches France's Lilian Thuram and Uruguayan Paolo Montero have played in the centre of defence.

Cannavaro and Thuram formed a successful central defensive partnership at Parma in front of current Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

"The fact that he has played with some of his new teammates should help him settle in on and off the field," said Capello.

Uruguayan goalkeeper Fabian Carini has moved to Inter as part of the deal.

Meanwhile, Juve are on the brink of also signing Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Dutch champions Ajax on a four-year deal.

Ajax chairman John Jaake said the clubs had almost finalized the deal, bar some some minor details.

According to media reports Ajax will receive a 19-million-euro ($22.95 million) fee for the 22-year-old, who has scored 35 goals in 74 league appearances since he joined the club in 2001.


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