Juventus have announced the signing of Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan – just over 12 months on from his controversial departure.
The 31-year-old was involved in a deal that has seen both Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara move in the opposite direction.
Both clubs struck a deal that involves a straight swap between Bonucci and Caldara, whilst Higuain joins at the San Siro in a loan deal worth £16m followed by an option to purchase for £34m in a year.
Bonucci joins Juventus
Bentornato, Leo! 🏳🏴
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 2, 2018
Controversially, Bonucci has returned to Turin a year on from his shocking move across Italy to join his club’s bitter rivals Milan.
Following a disappointing spell at the San Siro, the Italian defender has requested a return with Juventus obliging to his cry for a return.
Bonucci’s transfer is estimated to be worth £35m, with Caldara heading in the opposite direction for the same sized transfer fee.
A statement from Juventus statement read:d
“After spending seven wonderful years in black and white, Leonardo Bonucci has returned to the club following a season at AC Milan.
“Both Juventus and Bonucci are ready to start winning things again together.”
Higuain and Caldara join AC Milan
— AC Milan (@acmilan) August 2, 2018
AC Milan announced the signing of both Higuain and Caldara with the Italian club looking to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto and make a stronger impact in the Europa League.
The 30-year-old signs in a deal expected to cost £50m in total – £25m less than the Bianconeri’s Serie A transfer record which they paid to sign the Argentine back in 2016.
Caldara also brings to an end his short and not very sweet time in Turin to an end having failed to make even a single appearance for the club having spent last season on loan at Atalanta.