Transfer wrap: Vucinic joins Roma, Pastore nears exit

Juventus have signed Mirko Vucinic on a four-year deal after the striker completed a 15-million euro move from Serie A rivals Roma.The 27-year-old has been looking for a move away from the Stadio Olimpico since the end of last season, and sealed his deal with Juventus after completing a medical in Turin on Monday.

A statement on Juventus’ website read: “Juventus Football Club S.p.A. communicates to have perfected the agreement with AS Roma S.p.A. for the permanent transfer and the sporting rights of the footballer Mirko Vucinic. The contract states €15m will be paid over three seasons.”

“Juventus have also signed a contract of four years with the player.”

The Montenegro international scored 11 goals in 36 appearances for Roma last season.

Javier Pastore is another Serie A player who looks to be on the move, with Paris Saint-Germain general manager Leonardo revealing the French club were close to securing a record 40 million-euro deal for the Argentine.

It appears PSG have beaten English Premier League outfit Chelsea for the 22-year-old Argentina internatonal’s signature, with Pastore expected to complete his move early this week.

“Pastore is not officially our player yet,” Leonardo told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But the good relationship with Palermo allows us to think positively. I count on being able to present Pastore in the first days of the week.”

Elsewhere in the Serie A, Bologna have reached an agreement with Brescia for the transfer of Alessandro Diamanti on a co-ownership deal.

Chelsea might have missed out on Pastore, but they could still secure unsettled Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond said the club would sell the Croatian for the right price.

The Blues have already had two offers for the 25-year-old rejected by Tottenham, but Bond said Spurs could be tempted by an increased bid.

“We desperately don’t want to lose him, but everyone has a price,” Bond said.

Chelsea also look set to keep hold of young striker Daniel Sturridge, with the 21-year-old – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Bolton – pledging to remain at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place under new boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Alberto Aquilani’s transfer saga continues, with AC Milan the latest suitor for the unsettled Liverpool midfielder.

The Italy international spent last season on-loan at Juventus and is seemingly surplus to requirements at Anfield following the signings of midfielders Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam.

And AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani could be prepared to throw him a lifeline, telling La Gazzetta Dello Sport: “We could talk about Aquilani. He’s a midfielder with the characteristics that we are looking for so, like with other players in his role, he could be of interest.”

Swansea City confirmed they have agreed to personal terms with Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge, with the 26-year-old set to complete a medical on Tuesday ahead of signing a three-year deal with the newly promoted club.