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Hellas Verona Sporting Director Sean Sogliano confirms negotiations with Juventus for midfielder Rômulo are at an "advanced stage"

Milan's Keisuke Honda [R] challenges Rômulo of Hellas Verona during their Serie A match at San Siro on January 19, 2014
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Hellas Verona Sporting Director Sean Sogliano has confirmed negotiations with Juventus for midfielder Rômulo are at an "advanced stage.”

The 27 year-old, who was signed outright from Fiorentina earlier this month after a successful loan spell in which he scored eight goals and provided six assists in 32 appearances, is expected to sign for the Old Lady on Tuesday.

Initial reports had suggested the deal would include an initial loan agreement, but Sogliano insists only a permanent transfer is possible and denies Danish defender Frederik Sørensen will join as part of an exchange.

“There will be more meetings with Juventus at the start of next week,” he told Sky Sport Italia, as reported by Football Italia.

“The negotiations are at an advanced stage and there’s a very good chance of this move being completed.

“It should be a possible process. We’ve got to wait a little while, but it’s practically done. A loan? No, that's not the system we are discussing.

“We could be interested in Sørensen, but this particular negotiation process does not involve him.”

Rômulo had spells with six different Brazilian clubs, including Atlético Paranaense and Cruzeiro, before joining Fiorentina from the latter in June 2011. The Pelotas native went to on to make just 14 starts in two seasons with the Viola, before being loaned to Verona last summer. 

His excellent form in Veneto earned him a place in Italy’s provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with only injury costing him a place in Head Coach Cesare Prandelli’s final 23.


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