Serie A giants Juventus have informed two members of the club’s first-team squad that they are no longer part of their plans, according to reports.
This comes with a view to an incoming effort to shift some of the long-lingering deadwood in Massimiliano Allegri’s squad.
The Bianconeri are of course fresh off an altogether disappointing campaign, which saw them fail once more fail to reclaim their throne atop the Italian football pyramid.
In turn, the decision was recently made to bring in director Cristiano Giuntoli from rivals Napoli, to kickstart a rejuvenation project at the Allianz Stadium.
And, as alluded to above, on Thursday, the identities of the first two victims of this campaign have been revealed.
First, and most notably, comes Leonardo Bonucci.
As confirmed by a host of sources, long-time Bianconeri defender Bonucci, who held the title of club captain last season, was this evening informed that he will not be a part of Juve’s pre-season squad bound for the United States.
Instead, the Italian international has been placed on the transfer market.
And the same, albeit altogether less surprising fate, has befallen Weston McKennie.
Midfielder McKennie spent the 2nd half of last season out on loan in England, with Leeds Unted.
After returning to Turin on the back of Leeds’ relegation to The Championship, however, McKennie was too informed that he will not be permitted to join Allegri’s troops in his home country of America.
*Update* - Both Denis Zakaria and Arthur Melo have since also been ‘excluded from the project’.