Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci looks set to leave Juventus and join rivals AC Milan, according to growing reports in Italy.
Multiple sources claim that personal terms are already agreed between the player and Milan and the announcement could be made in the coming days.
Having signed over 100 million euros worth of players including the likes of Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez and Calhanoglu, Milan has now made Bonucci their number one target.
Milan had initially been in contact with Bonucci’s agent Alessandro Lucci, who also represents Milan’s Andrea Bertolacci, to assess the possibility of a switch from Juventus Stadium to the San Siro.
Following these initial meetings, talks have opened between Milan sporting director Marco Fassone and Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta.
A possibility to help push through the transfer would be the inclusion of Mattia De Sciglio in the deal.
The 24 year old fullback was linked with a move to China of late, but Milan could use the defender to tempt Juventus into selling their star defender.
Reports has it that Milan already has had a 30 million euro bid rejected by the Italian giants.
Juventus reportedly wants at least 40 million euros for the Italian defender and only then they would even take it into consideration.
Latest reports claim that there is a gentleman’s agreement whereby Milan will take Bonucci for €40m, and the Bianconeri will buy De Sciglio at a later date.
Juve still need to understand whether or not the 30-year-old wants to leave, and that will be crucial in determining whether the deal goes ahead.
Bonucci has reported for pre-season medical checks this morning, but aside from a cryptic tweet from the player there has been no official word on the situation.
Reports from Sportitalia last night pointed to a quote from Bonucci’s agent where he stated he was working to sell the player suggesting a possible breakdown in relations between the defender and Juve manager Max Allegri.
It is of common knowledge that it was an unhappy half time break for the Italian giants during this year’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, involving heated arguments between Bonucci and Allegri, with Bonucci also reportedly slapping Dybala for carelessness during the match.
Bonucci will be Milan’s seventh major signing in this summer transfer season.
The 30 year old had already played for the blue half of Milan, but left San Siro after failing to break into the first team.
He then spent one season at Bari before joining Juventus, where he has played over 300 games and won six Serie A titles, three Coppas Italia and three Supercoppas Italiana.