Less than a week on from rescinding his contract with Inter, Brazilian centre-back Lucio agrees a deal to join rivals Juventus.
The 34-year-old cancelled his contract with the Nerazzurri last Friday and was otherwise expected to move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
However, reports quickly linked him with Juventus and suggested that a deal was agreed within hours of his departure from San Siro.
Confirmation came this morning as the player arrived in Turin to conclude negotiations and have his medical and upon completion of both, was confirmed as a Bianconero via a brief statement on Juve’s official website.
“Lucio is a Juventus player. The Brazilian defender arrives on a free and has signed a two-year contract, binding him to Juventus until June 30, 2014.”
This confirmation was quickly followed by an interview with the defender.
“I’m happy, it’s a new experience, a new chapter in my life and I’m now looking forward,” Lucio told Juventus Channel.
“The past will stay with me, but I’m aiming to enjoy success again.
“I think the most important thing is today and tomorrow. Yesterday is already history and I believe that the motivation needs to be right.
“You have to train every and play with the right mentality, which is to do your best to win.
“Juventus have always been a strong side, I also said that when I came to Italy for the first time, Juve will always be Juve.
“It’s clear their motivation is greater with the new stadium. The support is incredibly strong and certainly pushes the team to go forward with greater enthusiasm. It’s definitely an added weapon to Juve’s armoury.”
Juventus signed Andrea Pirlo last summer in similar circumstances, after his release from rivals Milan.