Juventus set to sign Brazil's Felipe Melo

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Juventus has completed the signing of Felipe Melo from Fiorentina, according to Sky Sport Italia.

A deal was reported on Tuesday and it now seems the Brazilian will be plying his trade in Turin next season, after signing a five-year deal worth $3.6 million per season.

Official confirmation is expected to arrive from both clubs on Thursday.

Juventus has paid $29.5 million plus the full ownership of winger Marco Marchionni, a deal worth $35.1 million in total, the amount set as the player's release clause in a contract he just signed on June 30 with the Viola.

The transfer was originally expected to be completed Wednesday, but there was a late hitch over the salary Marchionni would be earning in Florence. These problems were solved, as the winger found an agreement with Fiorentina transfer guru Pantaleo Corvino.

The 25-year-old Felipe Melo had an impressive debut season for Fiorentina and was a pivotal figure in Brazil's triumph at the Confederations Cup last month. He was also linked with Arsenal, but the Serie A giants have beaten the Gunners to his signature.

The player has also featured for Almeria, Racing Santander, Mallorca, Gremio, Cruzeiro, and Flamengo during his career, and will join fellow Brazilians Diego and Amauri in Turin.