New boys land Lucchini

Experienced defender swaps life at Samp for that at Atalanta

Lucchini: Bounces straight back into the big time following relegation with Sampdoria

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Serie A new boys Atalanta have snapped up Stefano Lucchini from relegated Sampdoria.

The club announced the signing of the defender on a permanent basis on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old is due to undergo a medical on Thursday before beginning training with his new team-mates that afternoon.

Lucchini leaves Sampdoria after four years, during which time he tasted the highs of European football and the lows of a basement battle.

The former Italy U21 international will help to add much-needed experience to the Atalanta ranks as they endeavour to cement their standing in the Italian top flight.

Lucchini made his bow at the highest level with Empoli, before sealing a switch to Samp in 2007.