Hernanes to Juve on three-year deal: Report

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 01, 2015, 10:13 AM IST
Hernanes to Juve on three-year deal: Report

Inter Milan midfielder Hernanes has agreed terms with Juventus on a three-year deal that will see the Brazilian earn 2.7m euros a season, reports said on Monday.

Hernanes, known for his great ball control and play-making skills, is expected to be Juve`s second signing on the final day of summer transfer period after France under-21 midfielder Mario Lemina successfully came through a medical earlier in the day.

Juve have yet to confirm but club CEO Beppe Marotta is reported on FCInternews as saying: "As of now, Hernanes is a Juventus player."

After beginning his career with Sao Paulo in Brazil, Hernanes rose to prominence in Italy while playing for Lazio, scoring 33 goals in 118 appearances. 

Hernanes was in tears when he left Lazio for Inter Milan after complicated negotiations between the clubs in January 2014, but signed a four and a half deal with the Nerazzurri.

Despite some promising performances and being popular with fans, the 30-year-old failed to inspire Inter in his 18-month stay at the San Siro.

Previously compared to Andrea Pirlo for his cool head and technique while in possession, Hernanes will be welcomed at Juventus following the departure in the summer of Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, and amid a minor crisis.

With Claudio Marchisio still sidelined through injury, Juve`s midfield has been under par in the opening two games but the addition of Hernanes should qualm fears among fans. 

Juventus, the league and Cup double winners last season and who were beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League final, have lost their opening two games of the season (Udinese and Roma) for the first time in their history.