Candreva joins Juventus(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus and Udinese have reached an agreement for the loan of Antonio Candreva until the end of the season with an option to but half the contract. The contract will be deposited with Lega on Thursday morning.

The midfielder will join the team as from the next training session, on schedule for Thursday afternoon at 15:00hrs.

Antonio Candreva was born on the 23rd February 1987. He began his career as a professional footballer in 2004 in the Serie B with Ternana. After 3 seasons with the rossoverdi he signed for Udinese in 2007. On the 27 January 2008, at 20 years of age, he made his debut in the Serie A during Udinese-Inter (0-0). During the 2008/09 season he was loaned to Livorno in the Serie B, were he was fielded in the starting line-up and contributed to the promotion to the Serie A of the amaranto. The loan was confirmed even for the following season.

Candreva also formed part of the many national team categories starting from the Under 18 team up to the Olympic team with which he made his debut in May 2008 during the Tolone Tournament . He was called-up by Casiraghi to take part in the Beijing Olympics where he made his debut in the second group match coming on for injured Tommaso Rocchi. In 2009 he was part of the list of the 23 players called-up for the Under21 European Cup in Sweden and on the 14th of November of the same year, at 22 years of age, made his debut in the senior national team with Italy coach Lippi, playing in the starting line-up during the friendly match between Italy and Holland (0-0) played in Pescara.



Livorno Will Give Antonio Candreva To Juventus Only If They Give Us Sebastian Giovinco - President Aldo Spinelli(Goal.com)

Livorno president Aldo Spinelli is prepared to give in to Juventus' demands for Antonio Candreva, but it will come at a price. He wants Sebastian Giovinco as part of a deal.

Juve director of sport Alessio Secco admitted an interest in Candreva, on loan from Udinese, but Spinelli wants things done his way as he lays his cards bare. However, even if Juve meet his demands, they face a tussle with Genoa.

"Candreva to Juventus? We can let him go, but only in exchange for someone like Sebastian Giovinco as he is a player that could help our needs.

"We are speaking with Juventus and his [Candreva's] agent, but there is also a strong interest from Genoa.

"We will be meeting Genoa directors too. I have already asked Juventus for an exchange because I cannot allow a player like this to leave without anything in return."

It is believed that Udinese are ready to do a deal with the Bianconeri over a move, but Spinelli's Amaranto still have four months to run on their loan deal for the attacker, and would need a replacement for the remainder of the season before agreeing to free him from his obligations in Tuscany.







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