Italy striker Fabrizio Miccoli has returned to Juventus after Fiorentina failed to agree to a deal with the Italian champions.
Miccoli signed for Fiorentina last season in a joint ownership deal which expired this week.
After the two clubs failed to reach agreement, Miccoli’s future was decided by a blind auction with Juventus making the higher offer. This came, despite Miccoli’s stated desire to remain with Fiorentina.
But his agent Francesco Caliandro said: “We have to accept the situation – end of story. It was a calculated risk. Miccoli is now a Juventus player and there is nothing else we can do,” he said.
Acccording to reports in Italy, Juventus may now attempt to use Miccoli as a bargaining tool in their attempt to prise Antonio Cassano from Roma.
Juventus coach Fabio Capello now has six strikers on his books with Miccoli joining Alessandro Del Piero, Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Frenchman David Trezeguet, Uruguayan Marcelo Zalayeta and Romanian Adrian Mutu.