Juventus have brought their January spending to an end with the capture of Simone Padoin from Atalanta.
The 27-year-old will officially arrive in Turin later today after the Bianconeri failed to land Radja Nainggolan.
The Cagliari midfielder had become their top target to reinforce their midfield, but tempting the Sardinian club into a sale proved impossible.
“He’s not a last choice for us,” Juventus director general Beppe Marotta noted. “The idea came to us during our daily transfer talks.
“Nainggolan was a target, but we had an urgent need for a midfielder and we could not wait. Our signings have now come to an end.”
Padoin began his career in the Atalanta youth sector and returned to the club in 2007 after a stint at Vicenza.
It’s unclear at this stage whether the former Italian Under-21 international will arrive on a permanent basis or on loan.
Conflicting reports say that he has been signed outright for €4.5m, while others claim he will move to Turin on a temporary basis with a buy-out option set at the same fee.
Padoin’s arrival should now allow Michele Pazienza to leave Juve with Udinese, Genoa and Napoli all possible destinations.