Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is set to join the Bianconeri’s fierce Serie A rivals AC Milan in a shock move after 7 years playing alongside the Italian Champions.
The Italian international is currently in advanced talks with the Milanese club and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the weekend.
Although regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and an important part of Juventus’s own BBC trio alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, Bonucci has not always seen eye to eye with the Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri.
According to reports, the pair had been trading insults during a game against Palermo last season, with the defender subsequently being dropped against Porto in the Champions League.
Regardless, Milan could be forced to pay a fee amounting to €40m (£35.2m) for the 30-year-old, who has also won 70 caps for Italy, and would continue an incredible summer of investment by the new Chinese owners.
At the time of this report, Milan have already spent more than £100m on new players, including Andre Silva (from Porto, £33.5m), Ricardo Rodriguez (from Wolfsburg, £13.2m), Hakan Calhanoglu (from Bayer Leverkusen, £22m), Andrea Conti (from Atalanta, £21.1m) and Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal, £15m) among others.
Bonucci, who started his career at Milan’s city rivals Internazionale, has won the Italian top flight with Juventus for six years in a row and claimed the Italian Cup three times in his seven years. He has also reached two Champions League finals during his time in Turin albeit losing both, against Barcelona in 2015 and against Real Madrid last month.