Thursday January 6 2011
Barzagli ready to join Juventus

Wolfsburg defender Andrea Barzagli is close to joining Juventus, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Turin giants have been keen to bring in a new centre-back to act as cover for Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici reached an agreement with Barzagli during a meeting yesterday.

The World Cup winner is out of contract at the end of the season and has expressed an interest in returning to Italy to finish his career.

Reports suggest that the opinions of Chiellini and Gigi Buffon were also very important in Juventus' decision to open negotiations for Barzagli.

The former Palermo centre-back has also attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.

Juventus boss Gigi Del Neri coached Barzagli during his stint at Palermo and apparently gave Marotta the green light to sign him.

Marotta and Paratici are due to meet Wolfsburg in the next 48 hours to conclude the transfer.

It would appear Barzagli is likely to arrive on a free. Alternatively, Juventus would recommend that it be absorbed into Wolfsburg's outstanding payments for Diego.

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