Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Liverpool complete Poulsen swoop

Christian Poulsen
Christian Poulsen

Liverpool have completed the signing of Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen on a three-year contract.

The 30-year-old Denmark international has joined for an initial fee of £4.5million, payable in two instalments, with a further £1million payable depending on certain conditions.

Poulsen links up with manager Roy Hodgson for a second time, having been signed by him first time around for FC Copenhagen in 2000.

Juventus had earlier announced a fee had been agreed in a statement which said: "Juventus Football Club can announce that it has completed the agreement with Liverpool FC for the outright transfer of Christian Poulsen for a fee of 5.475million euros (£4.5million) payable in two instalments

"The fee will further increase by up to 1.2million euros (£990,000) depending on his achievements during the contract period."

Poulsen's arrival will be seen a precursor to the departure of combative midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Argentina's captain asked Hodgson for a transfer on the day he returned to pre-season training after an extended break following the World Cup.

Mascherano is keen to be reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan, although the Serie A club appear unwilling to meet Liverpool's £25million valuation.

Barcelona, who tried to sign Mascherano 12 months ago, are also believed to be interested in the 26-year-old having failed in their bid to sign Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas.

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