Juve confirm Mutu deal
By Nadia Carminati & Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus have announced the signing of former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu.Juventus have announced the signing of former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu on a five-year contract.
The Bianconeri have long been linked with Mutu, ever since he was sacked by Chelsea earlier this season for a positive drugs test.
Mutu was banned until May by the Football Association for his failed test and that suspension was made worldwide by Fifa.
Despite not being able to play until after May, Juve have agreed terms with him.
"Juventus have obtained the services of Romanian striker Adrian Mutu," said a Juventus statement.
"With Bianconeri he has signed a five-year deal."
Mutu will reportedly be paid é¼1 million at Stadio Delle Alpi and he will actually be eligible for Juve's last two games of the season - as they come after his ban has expired.
The 26-year-old cost Chelsea just under £16 million when he arrived from Parma in the summer of 2003.
His Stamford Bridge career started brightly, but he soon lost his way and his stay in English football ended in disgrace when he failed a drugs test.
Chelsea took the brave decision of cutting all their ties with the player by sacking him, which has now allowed him to join Juve on a free transfer - something which The Blues may yet object to.