PARIS (AP) France midfielder Blaise Matuidi completed his move from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus on Friday. Matuidi arrived in Turin for a medical on Wednesday but the move finally went through Friday, PSG said in a statement. [ MORE: Serie A scores, schedule ] No financial details were given, but Juventus will reportedly pay PSG 20 million euros ($23 million) plus bonuses for the player, who had a year left on his contract. PSG did not say how long Matuidi’s contract is with the Italian champion. The French club, runner-up to Monaco last year, is trying to balance the books after buying Neymar for 222 million euros ($261 million) and could not afford to lose Matuidi on a free transfer. Matuidi
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri added his voice on Friday to calls to shorten the transfer window. "I'm against closing the transfer window on August 31," said the 50-year-old, who guided Juve to the Champions League final last season. Allegri's comments echoed those of Juve general manager Giuseppe Marotta on Thursday.
The Serie A season is finally set to begin this weekend, and it’s been a tumultuous summer in Italy. You’ll never find a more dramatic place in sports than you will in the brand of calcio played in Italy, and given the whirlwind of transfer activity in the league this season, it’s looking like a lot of change is in the wind. Juventus haven’t made the same kind of splashes they did over the last few years, and if anything may have gotten weaker, especially with keystone defender Leonardo Bonucci jumping ship to AC Milan. Milan, meanwhile, have made several massive signings this summer, and look like they’re going to challenge for the title for the first time in years. Inter Milan have made sweeping