Nicolas Anelka, an ultimate journeyman of European football has added Juventus to his list of teams he played for. Anelka, who played for different 9 clubs and five different countries in 17 years of his professional football career agreed to join the Old Lady in a deal worth €600,000 for 6 months excluding bonuses.
This contract has a clause for extension into the next season. With this transfer, Juventus becomes the 10th club to sign a professional contract with Anelka.
Juventus has won the Serie A title last season with a threadbare squad and have recently been looking to bolster it. They have agreed terms with Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente who joins them in the summer on a Bosman transfer.
The former hit man has been linked with a host of European Clubs that included QPR, with Harry Redknapp being a huge fan of Anelka. However, Juventus convinced Anelka to pledge their short term future with them, which will enable him to play in the Champions league, the pinnacle of tournaments for a footballer.
This deal is especially important for Juventus as they are unable to secure the services of Fabio Quagliarella, who according to reports is nearing a loan deal to rivals Fiorentina, while Lyon continues to frustrate them in pursuit of their other target, Lisandro Lopez.
Anelka can look forward for a second lease of life at Juventus. Antonio Conte, the Juventus coach is well experienced in bringing out the best out of seasoned professionals at the fag end of their careers.
Andrea Pirlo, who joined Juventus after being released by AC Milan at the start of 2012 season, had a tremendous season and helped them win the Serie A title after being unbeaten for the whole season.