Italy defender Ogbonna joins Juventus from Torino

MILAN: Italy defender Angelo Ogbonna has joined Juventus from neighbours Torino for ?13mil (£11.21mil), the Serie A champions said on Thursday.

Ogbonna, who combines an impressive physical presence with a cultured left foot, was raised at Torino, helping them to secure promotion from Serie B in 2011-12 and establish themselves in the top flight last season.

Born in Italy to Nigerian parents, the 25-year-old has won six caps for Italy and was included in the squad for Euro 2012.

Ogbonna, who escaped almost unharmed from a car crash in 2008 when his vehicle went off a bridge and ended up in a river, faces a battle to win a place in the first team.

Last season Juventus boasted the strongest defence in the league, conceding only 24 goals in the 38-match campaign.

He is Juve’s third big close-season signing after forwards Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente joined the club. — Reuters
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