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Juventus call off Alonso pursuit

Xabi Alonso
Alonso joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004

Juventus have called off their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso after signing Denmark's Christian Poulsen from Sevilla.

Poulsen is the eighth new arrival in Turin during the summer.

And Juve president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has said he expects that to conclude the club's transfer activity.

"If I have to be honest, unless something extraordinary happens, we can say that we have concluded our transfer activity," said Cobolli Gigli.

Spanish international Alonso had been linked with a move to Juventus all summer, with his departure expected to pave the way for Liverpool to sign Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry as a replacement.

But Cobolli Gigli suggested Danish international Poulsen's arrival would result in Alonso remaining at Anfield.

"I am convinced that we have made a good choice by acquiring Christian Poulsen," he added.

"The signing is not a bet made by [Claudio] Ranieri but rather a tactical decision taken by Juventus, knowing that a powerful attack can only be supported by a strong midfield."

see also
Barry returns to Villa training
09 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
Molby warns against Alonso sale
29 May 08 |  Liverpool
Alonso extends Liverpool contract
08 Jun 07 |  Liverpool

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