Friday January 11 2013
Canini wanted for over two years

Atalanta have revealed that new signing Michele Canini has been on their transfer radar for some time.

The defender, who is actually a product of the club’s youth system, joined the outfit this week from Genoa in a swap deal with Thomas Manfredini.

“We’ve negotiated for Canini over the last two summers,” director general Pierpaolo Marino commented.

“In 2011 Cagliari didn’t even want to quote us a price as he was not for sale, while this year Genoa offered Cagliari more than we could.

“We’ve wanted him since I first arrived at this club and the idea was to always bring him back to Bergamo as that was also his desire.

“He’s even accepted a reduction in salary in order to play for us.”

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