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Galatasaray complete Melo signing

SoccerNews in Serie A 20 Jul 2013

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Galatasaray have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo from Juventus.

The 30-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at the Turk Telekom Arena and a permanent transfer has finally gone through after lengthy negotiations over the fee.

The clubs have agreed a €3.75million deal for the Brazil international, with a number of performance-related payments also included.

A statement on Juventus’ website read: “Juventus Football Club can announce that Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo de Carvalho has today been sold to Turkish side Galatasaray for an initial fee of €3.75m.

“The payment could rise by a further €0.5m should the player achieve certain sporting targets stipulated in the agreement between the two clubs.”

Before moving to Turin in 2009 from Fiorentina for €25m, Melo played in both La Liga and the Brazilian Serie A.

During the two seasons Melo was on loan at Galatasaray he became a key fixture in the side, making 62 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals.

He will be tasked with helping to retain the Turkish Super Lig after Fatih Terim’s men won a record 19th title last season.

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