Juve close on Mellberg
Serie A giants close to agreement with Villa ace
By James Pearson. Last Updated: January 22, 2008 10:37am
Mellberg: Close to Juve switch
Juventus have confirmed they are close to reaching an agreement with Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg.
"Mellberg is close to signing a preliminary agreement with Juventus."
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With the Sweden international out of contract this summer, the Old Lady are free to discuss a deal with the former Racing Santander defender with a view to him joining in July.
It had been thought Juve may be considering making an offer to Villa in order to land him now.
However, it now appears as though he will move on a free transfer at the end of the season.
"Mellberg is close to signing a preliminary agreement with Juventus," said the club's sporting director Alessio Secco.
"If everything goes well, the player will become a Juve player in July. There are still minor things left to discuss before he signs the preliminary agreement."
Meanwhile, Juve remain interested in Liverpool's out-of-favour midfielder Mohammed Sissoko and have not ruled out reaching a deal this month for his services.
"He is a player that we are interested in," added Secco. "And we haven't ruled out the possibility of him joining us in the winter transfer window. We will see."