Italian champions Juventus have signed French striker Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua to a five-month contract. The news comes in wake of a dispute filled by the striker against his now former club Shanghai Shenhua whom he reported to FIFA because of a contract dispute.
The former French international, now 33 years old, becomes the Serie A champions' second big-name signing in a week after the capture of Spanish international Fernando Llorente, who will join the club on July 1.
"I'm really happy to be here,'' Anelka told reporters after arriving in Turin by private jet.
Juve president Moratta told Sky Sport Italia that the signing was "not official yet'', however Anelka was shown on TV meeting and shaking hands with club officials.
Marotta said: "It was an emergency situation and we needed some extra firepower up front. We have tied Anelka to a five-month deal."
"He can be a good short-term solution for us and, at the end of the season, we'll evaluate the situation."
"It is a five-month deal but with an option for the second season, if things go well."
Marotta added: "He will be available for the squad and then it's up to Antonio Conte to decide how to use him. After all, he is not 100 per cent fit as he hasn't played for a month."
Juventus join a list of high profiled clubs Anelka played for during his career. The Frenchman played at Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea, among others, before his big move to China.
ANSA news agency said Anelka was not expected at Juventus Stadium for their match against Genoa on Saturday and he would undergo a medical on Sunday.