Villarreal seal Alessio deal

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Villarreal have completed a deal for Juventus midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi.

The Primera outfit confirmed the news on their website, although details of the transfer are still rather sketchy.

It is believed the Yellow Submarines have agreed an initial one-year loan deal with an option for a permanent transfer thereafter.

The 30-year-old arrives in Spain after 11 years at Juve and brings a wealth of experience to El Madrigal.

His addition will be a welcome boost to the Villarreal squad as they prepare for their first-ever UEFA Champions League adventure this season.

The Spaniards appear to have been frustrated in their pursuit of Schalke's Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen, but the capture of Tacchinardi will go a long way towards appeasing boss Manuel Pellegrini.