Denmark midfielder CHRISTIAN POULSEN (2) of Italian club FC Juventus is challenged by Cameroon midfielder ACHILLE EMANA (10) of Spanish second division side Real Betis of Sevilla during the 2010 World Cup Group E match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa. (Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe)
English Premier League club FC LIVERPOOL have announced the signing of Denmark World Cup midfielder CHRISTIAN POULSEN from Italian Serie A side FC Juventus in exchange for a fee of 5.475 million Euros.
According to a statement released by FC Juventus, the Turin team could receive additional payments totaling as much as a further 1.2 million Euros depending on Poulsen’s production throughout the length of the three-year contract.
The Old Lady will take a loss on the two-time Danish Footballer of the Year (2005, 2006); FC Juventus had paid Spanish side FC Sevilla 9.5 million Euros to bring Poulsen to Italy in the summer of 2008.
The 30-year-old Poulsen, who has won 77 caps (6 goals) for Denmark, made 25 Serie A appearances (19 starts) and scored no goals for a Juventus team that finished in 7th place last season. Overall, Poulsen played 48 Serie A games and scored one goal for La Bianconeri over the course of his two seasons at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.
Poulsen started all three of Denmark’s matches this summer at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At Anfield, the former Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen midfielder will share the shame changing room as Denmark World Cup defender DANIEL AGGER.
Poulsen is seen by Liverpool has a natural replacement for Argentina World Cup midfielder JAVIER MASCHERANO, who has expressed his desire to leave the Reds.