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SoccerAnchor’s Rick D'Andrea takes a look at Lucio's progression from the Inter Milan to Juventus...
FROM: INTER MILAN TO: JUVENTUS
PRICE: FREE TRANSFER
Juventus President Andrea Agnelli and Sporting Director Giuseppe Marotta have landed another major signing on a free transfer from a Milan-based club: Lucio.
The Bianconer hope the Brazilian international can replicate the form shown by regista Andrea Pirlo, as he moved across to the Turin giants from Inter's rivals, AC Milan.
Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni felt Lucio did not fit into his vision for the club going forward - as the Nerazzurri are adopting a youth (or younger) policy - and was released from the 2009-10 Scudetto winners. Andrea Ranocchia will seemingly partner Walter Samuel in the centre-back position.
At the mid-way point of last season, the reigning Scudetto winners had what was regarded as an "emergency" in defence, threatening to end their undfeated start to the season. With matches against Genoa, Bologna and Chievo, the side struggled to field a fully-fit back three or four, with injuries crippling the champions.
With preferred centre-back duo Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli out of action due to injury at the time, and Giorgio Chiiellini picking up a 10-day strain, the Old Lady were required to utilise Martin Caceres and Paolo De Ceglie in the heart of defence. Lucio's arrival provides some much needed depth in the department - as well as experience at the highest level - meaning Antonio Conte won't be struggling to fill the void.
On the point of experience, the lumbering defender will immensely aid the side as they tackle the UEFA Champions League competition in a few month's time. Whether it be to support those players who do not have the same knowledge as the 34-year-old playing in Europe's elite club tournament, or to provide the last-minute goal from a corner kick, Lucio will be a valuable addition to the roster. Having won every major piece of silverware a footballer can, he won't mind adding another medal to his collection.
And adding a person like Lucio means the squad can be rotated to cope with the fatigue effects of playing 60 matches a term, playing three matches a week - something that Conte didn't need to do last term due to the Bianconeri missing out on European action.
Despite the Nerazzurri conceding 55 goals last term - a record for some 50 years - the 2002 World Cup winner will be aiming to steer the Bianconeri to another tight defence, when the side only shipped 20 times.