Juventus “are in an emergency situation, but Nicolas Anelka will be our only signing,” declared general manager Beppe Marotta.
Anelka has flown in on a private jet and could be in the stands for some of tonight’s Serie A match with Genoa.
He has arrived on loan from Shanghai Shenhua with a five-month contract worth €600,000 plus various performance-related bonuses.
“Anelka? In July we made some targeted investments, but now we are in an emergency situation in attack, so we moved to fix those issues, even if it is not official yet,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia before kick-off.
“It can be a good move for the short-term, then at the end of the season we’ll evaluate what must be done. He is filling a hole. It is a five-month contract with an option for the second season, if things go well.
“Anelka’s arrival rules out any other transfers, because in this stage of the transfer window there are no other opportunities.
“He will put himself at the disposal of the squad and it’ll be up to Antonio Conte to decide how to use him. After all, he is not in great physical condition considering he hasn’t played for a month.”
This week Juventus officially announced a deal to sign Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao when he is out of contract in July.
“We secured Llorente for July, so Anelka is part of a very precise mosaic,” continued Marotta.
“We must be rational when it comes to the transfer market, as we cannot spend money for no reason.”
Marotta also confirmed Juventus “are negotiating” for Bebeto’s son.