x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Roma complete signing of Maarten Stekelenburg from Ajax

The 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal after the two clubs agreed to a €6.325 million (Dh33m) fee.

Rome // Roma have completed the signing of the Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Ajax.

The 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal after the two clubs agreed to a €6.325 million (Dh33m) fee with a possible €1.5m in extra payments based on appearances and performance.

Stekelenburg came up through the Ajax youth ranks and spent nine years at the club, winning two Dutch league titles and three Dutch cups.

He has played 40 times for Holland and started for his country in the World Cup final in South Africa last year, losing 1-0 to Spain.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Roma striker Mirko Vucinic has spoken of his excitement after completing his €15m switch to Juventus.

The 27-year-old Montenegro striker signed a four-year deal with the Bianconeri yesterday after five years in the Italian capital.

Speaking to www.juventus.com, Vucinic said: "I am excited and happy to be at Juve.

"Roma will always be in my heart, but that chapter is now closed. I am happy to join Juventus. I can play as first or second striker, or on the wing. Whichever role, I'm happy to play in it. "And if [coach Antonio] Conte finds me a fourth position, I'm at his disposal."

Vucinic becomes the first Montenegrin to represent Juventus, and the current Montenegro Football Federation president and former AC Milan forward Dejan Savicevic believes the transfer will be a significant boost to the Old Lady's fortunes after a disappointing seventh-placed finish last season.

"Juventus have done well to take Vucinic. He's a great signing," Savicevic told Tuttosport.

"With him, the Bianconeri can get back to winning ways. He's a great player, one of the best five or six strikers in the world."

Vucinic was grateful to receive such high praise from Savicevic, adding: "He says I'm one of the five strongest strikers in the world? He always exaggerates, but the words of a champion like him can only bring pleasure so I thank him."

Real Zaragoza have signed goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez Gago from Benfica in a deal worth more than €8m.

The 25-year-old, who had a loan spell at La Romareda last year before switching to Portugal from Atletico Madrid, has signed a five-year contract with the Primera Liga club.

"I come with high hopes about the new project that is brewing at Real Zaragoza for next season," Roberto told the club's website.

"Zaragoza is my home. I am proud to come back here. I know many of my teammates and I feel very comfortable working with young players of such quality."