Juventus expect to confirm by the start of November their eventual takeover of the Stadui Delle Alpi on the outskirts ofTurin.

The stadium has been shared as a home ground by Juventus and Torino since its construction for the 1990 World Cup finals. However, both clubs have fought against the rental terms dictated by the city council which owns the stadium and the promotional company which controls commercial rights within the stadium.

After lengthy negotiations – and a threat by Juventus to move out of the city altogether – a deal has been agreed. Juventus will take over ownership of the stadium on a 99-year lease, paying 16million Euros over nine years.

Juventus wil be given a free hand to redevelop the stadium which will probably mean a reduction in capacity from its present 69,000 fans to 32,000 or 38,000. A club museum, restaurants, bars, offices and a commercial centre will be built within the stadium precints. Work is expected to start in May or June next year.