Leonardo Bonucci set for shock return back to Juventus

AC Milan and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci is set for a shock return back to Juventus after only one-year since his move from Turin to Milan.

Leonardo Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci only joined AC Milan from Juventus for €42m last summer

Italian broadcaster Sky Italia is reporting that Juventus want to re-sign their former defensive kingpin Leonardo Bonucci after the player himself decided to leave Milan after failing to qualify for next seasons Champions League.

The 31-year-old Italian international defender only signed for The Rossoneri last summer in a €42m deal.

However, with financial trouble at the club and failure to meet the player’s ambition has prompted the player and both clubs to negotiate a deal that will see his return back to Turin.

The Old Lady are proposing a player swap deal which will include highly-rated young centre-back Mattia Caldara and veteran striker Gonzalo Higuain going the other way.

It seems to be a deal that will suit both clubs with Juventus getting their main linchpin in defence back and Milan gaining two top quality players without spending a cent.

Juventus have been very busy in this summers transfer window by signing Ronaldo for £88m and Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool. It seems The Old Lady are looking to make a massive bid to secure the Scudetto, Copa Italia and Champions League in the coming season.

Bonucci played over 200 games for Juventus between 2010-2017 winning every major trophy apart from the Champions League. He has ended up on the losing side twice in the Champions League. With a massive recruitment drive by Juve this summer the Italian defender hopes to be finally adding a winners medal in Europe’s elite competition.

He will be leaving a club behind who find themselves in massive financial trouble after failing to repay loans back that was used to purchase the club.