With all of the major clubs from around Europe currently enjoying their brief hiatus from actually taking the pitch, that has not stopped the free agency period from continuing to ramp up over the course of the last several weeks. As a result, it appears as though Juventus and AC Milan have become just the latest clubs to make a significant splash.
According to an initial Thursday report from Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports, AC Milan will be acquiring Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus. With Juventus selling Bonucci to AC Milan for £35 million, the deal is now expected to officially come into fruition on Friday. In addition, the aforementioned Solhekol is also indicating that Bonucci will be inking a new five-year deal with AC Milan. As a result, the veteran defender will earn approximately £110,000 per week after taxes.
However, it was just recently announced — back in late June to be exact — that he 30-year-old was publicly regarded as one of the leaders for Juventus going forward.
“We played a good game against Porto and then Bonucci was back in two days later because he’s an important player, an extraordinary player and, above all, he needs to realize that he is going to be the future leader of the Juventus dressing room,” said Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, via Sky Sports.
The veteran defensive mind has remained at Juventus since back in 2010 while previously suiting up for Bari, Pisa, Treviso and Internazionale as well. However, his appearances with both Pisa and Treviso were via loan.