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Capital move for Moroccan

Roma have tonight completed the signing of Morocco international defender Mehdi Benatia from Udinese for €13.5million.

Benatia, 26, has signed a five-year contract at the Stadio Olimpico following three seasons with Udinese in which he made 72 league appearances, scoring five goals.

Juve buy up Asamoah

Juventus have agreed to buy the remaining half of midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah's registration from Serie A rivals Udinese for €9million.

The 24-year-old Ghanaian moved to the Juventus Stadium alongside Udinese team-mate Mauricio Isla in a co-ownership agreement last August and, after renewing the Chilean midfielder's shared status with the Friulian club for another year, they have now bought Asamoah's full registration.


Black Cats in for Vydra

It is correct that Sunderland are interested, but they are interested in a loan at the moment. They don't want to spend that money at the moment.

Of course it is very interesting. I know Di Canio from when he was a player because I was the agent of Tomas Repka.

So it is an interesting club - but then Sunderland is always an interesting club in England.

To work with Di Canio would be a good thing. I think he will probably end up coaching with one of the very top teams in England.

The final decision is with Udinese and the owner Giampaolo Pozzo and there are a lot of clubs interested in this player.

– Matej Vydra's agent Ondrej Chovanec

Di Natale is Udinese for life

I think that what I've done with Udinese will go down in the history of the club. I don't see that as something insignificant.

The truth is that I've found my natural home in Friuli and I've never thought about leaving a team, a town and a family - the Pozzos - who have adopted me like a son.

I miss Naples and I'm proud to be Neapolitan, but Udine is like a second home for me. I'm feeling great here and I feel the love from the fans.

When Juventus contacted me, I told their president that I wanted to stay here. That's how we decided that I'd stay here for life.

– Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale speaking to FIFA.com

Abdi discussing permanent deal with Watford

Almen Abdi has confirmed that talks have opened about a permanent switch to Watford from loan club Udinese.

The midfielder was one of 10 players to arrive from the Serie A side last summer shortly after the Hornets' takeover by the Pozzo family, who control both clubs as well as Spanish side Granada.

Abdi has proved a successful addition having made 24 league starts and scored eight goals, the third highest among Watford's ranks behind 19-goal top scorer Matej Vydra, another Udinese loanee who is also in talks to turn his season-long stay into a permanent deal.

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