Palermo sign Under-21 ace

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Serie A new boys Palermo have signed Italian Under-21 international Andrea Barzagli from Chievo Verona.

Palermo have struck a deal with both Chievo, and Piacenza, as the defender was jointly owned by both clubs.

Barzagli impressed for Chievo last season in the top-flight and has been handed the chance to continue his progress with Palermo.

To secure the promising stopper's signature, Palermo have paid Chievo ‚é¼2.5 million and have also loaned Daniele Di Donato to the Flying Donkeys.

For Piacenza, Palermo have stumped up ‚é¼1 million and they will also loan the club three players whose identities have yet to be announced.

Barzagli, 23, is likely to prove a key figure for Palermo after he has featured in Italy's squad for the Olympic Games next month.