Friday July 14 2017
Official: Milan sign Bonucci

Milan have officially confirmed the signing of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci for €42m, pending a medical.

Following the shock reports on Wednesday afternoon, the deal has been closed in just three days with the centre-back signing a five-year contract with the Rossoneri.

“AC Milan have reached an agreement with Juventus FC for the permanent transfer of Leonardo Bonucci, subject to medical completion,” confirmed the statement.

“Should the player pass the medical examination in the next few days, he will join the Club, penning a five-year contract.”

Juventus confirmed the fee is €42m, to be paid over three instalments.

There are reports he will earn €8m per year wages plus €2m bonuses, making him comfortably the top-paid player in Serie A, surpassing Gonzalo Higuain’s €7.5m net.

The 30-year-old joined the Old Lady in 2010 in a €15.5m transfer having previously been co-owned by Genoa and Bari.

Juve gave the Grifone €2m plus Domenico Criscito, while Sergio Almiron went to Bari along with €5m.

After struggling in his first season in Turin, Bonucci found his feet in the 2011-12 season, playing in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.

Stepping out from the defence to support Andrea Pirlo with his skill on the ball and range of passing, he became regarded as one of the finest centre-backs in Europe.

Bonucci was a key part of the ‘BBC’ backline alongside Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, and it was on that foundation that the Bianconeri built their extraordinary recent success.

Juve have won the Scudetto for the past six seasons in a row, and have won the Coppa Italia for the past three years.

In addition, they reached the Champions League final in 2015 and 2017, though Bonucci and his teammates were on the losing side each time.

Having also played four games for Inter, Bonucci joins a select list of players to have represented all three of Italy’s most successful clubs.

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