With rumors circulating within the past couple days that Bonucci could be on the move, he has landed at Milan.
I’ve lost count
Since the Chinese takeover that seemed to last an eternity, Milan are finally making way with their new owners. Bonucci is to be the ninth signing for the Rossoneri in this summer transfer window. It seems as though Milan have added strength and depth to every position on the field, a much needed turnaround that took far too long to achieve.
Reports surfaced a couple days ago with Bonucci’s name leading the headlines. Before we had a chance to take in the news, he was undergoing a medical and ready to sign on the dotted line.
An announcement is set to be made later tonight in Milan, as the deal is reaching finalization. The deal is reportedly through 2022, with a salary reported in the range of €8 million-a-year after tax.
What does Bonucci bring to Milan?
Well, he’s a skillful passer who can distribute from the backline and an Italian international who has played at the highest level. Not to mention he has also won six Scudetto titles in the last six years with Juventus.
Bonucci brings leadership, grit, and consistency to a backline that has struggled in recent years to stop the opposition from netting a couple goals each game. He might also play the role of captain; at thirty-years old, he’ll be someone to look up to for younger players such as Romagnoli and Conti.
Bonucci is suited to play in a 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 from his time under Allegri and Conte, though what concoction Montella decides to draw up with his new toys remains to be seen.
The scene is set for next season as Milan attempt to reach heights far greater than the 6th place finish from 2016/17. With a cast like this—boasting such promising and consistent talent—Milan have made a statement to Serie A and finally added depth and character to an underachieving squad.