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Trio released by Juventus Friday 30 January, 2004

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Italian champions Juventus have allowed three of their squad players to join new clubs on loan for the rest of the season.

Youth team star Ruben Olivera has joined Atletico Madrid after failing to break into Marcello Lippi’s plans.

The Uruguayan international, a talented midfielder, has agreed a deal with the Spanish side until 30 June 2004.

Meanwhile, Perugia have struck a deal with the Bianconeri in order to get their hands on Salvatore Fresi and Marcelo Zalayeta.

Fresi, a defender, was wanted by a host of clubs but Perugia have swooped. While Zalayeta joins due to the stiff striking competition from Trezeguet, Del Piero, Miccoli and Di Vaio.

Unconfirmed reports also suggest that Juventus will add to their squad before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Parma midfielder Manuele Blasi (pictured) is set to be recalled from his loan period to replace the departed Edgar Davids.

However, he won’t be available to play immediately as he is currently banned until April after failing a dope test.

Even if the former Perugia man is appealing in an attempt to get his six-month suspension reduced.

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Good thing, especially Olivera's move to Atletico Madrid -he needs to play regularly. Will he get to play though? Atletico is already star-studded, hopefully they have more faith in him than our board does.

Fresi is still a good sweeper and Zalayeta will save Perugia from relegation.

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this is great news. finally olivera gets his chance to prove himself and lets hope he becomes a very good player in spain so he can return and be a potential replacement for Nedved next season. Fingers crossed of course.

ITs also good for zalayeta even though i was hoping he would be used as part of a deal to get a parma defender but nonetheless, i think he'll do well at perugia providing he gets a chance to play each game.

Blasi would be good to return, but i cant help but think maybe another player will join also. We have lossed davids, fresi, olivera and zalayeta. Brighi and Blasi would be good to get back now.
 

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Olivera's deal seems to be the best deal in this transfer window. He can gain much experience playing for Atletico Madrid, and if he is that good, we will get him back;)
 

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Perhaps he could also get a Spanish passport en-route like Zalayeta did and free up a non-EU spot? 6mths seems a little short to do so though. Anyway, he's a talent and playing time in a conducive (freely attacking) environment is exactly what he needs.
 

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just for a matter of interest, is Riquelme still at atletico? if so, maybe olivera will still not get his chance in his position. maybe a support striker or left midfield if those positions are available.
 

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It's alright, your question is valid nonetheless. There's an Atletico Madrid thread on XT, they don't seem to think Ruben will be really considered more than a contender at first -although it's doubtful they know anything about him other than what the article reads. He'll have to battle to win a place, fair thing.

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At least Olivera has more chances to play in Madrid sides...

And we don´t need Zalayeta nor Fresi, maybe only in the Cup...

One thing...without Zala and Ruben we have two foreign spaces availables?
 

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Juve may sing Ferrari which will be big!!!
 

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Ruben will have hard time playing much wen they have a guy like Ibagaza running the midfield.
 

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Perugia net Fresi & Zalayeta Saturday 31 January, 2004

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Perugia have completed moves for Salvatore Fresi, Marcelo Zalayeta and the Brazilian stopper Luis Fabiano.

The Umbrian outfit convinced Juventus to loan them the first two players and the pair have agreed to the switch.

Fresi, a defender, and Uruguayan international striker Zalayeta will arrive in Umbria on Saturday afternoon. The latter could feature against Parma tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed that they have signed Luis Fabiano. He¡¦s arrived on a six-month loan deal from Sao Paulo.

The 24-year-old is highly rated in South America and was previously linked with moves to both Milan and Inter. He¡¦ll arrive on Monday.

The Serie A side, fighting against relegation, have also welcomed Franco Brienza and Costantin Codrea today.

They¡¦ve arrived from Palermo as part of the deal that saw Fabio Grosso join the Sicilian outfit.

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Espanyol president accuses Juventus of betrayel
tribalfootball.com - February 3, 2004

Espanyol have blasted Juventus over the collapse of Marcelo Zalayeta's move.
The Spanish Liga club had hoped to sign the striker on-loan to the end of the season, but Juve instead sent the Uruguayan to Perugia.

Espanyol president Daniel Sanchez Llibre blasted Juve chief Luciano Moggi, claiming the Italian had told him on Friday that everything "was finalised".

"The world of football is full of unreliable people. He confirmed everything to me by phone, but later we were sold down the river," declared Llibre.

"In 12 hours everything had changed. They deceived us and betrayed us."

Only a year ago the two clubs signed a partnership agreement, which should have smoothed Zalayeta's move to Spain.

"That's over, it's broken forever," concluded a furious Llibre yesterday.
 
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