Juventus defensive stalwart Leonardo Bonucci was on Friday set to complete a shock move to AC Milan for a reported transfer fee of around $45 million due to his alleged frosty relationship with the Turin football giants' head coach Massimiliano Allegri.
The buying club confirmed in a statement that they had "reached an agreement with Juventus", and that the centre-back would sign a five-year contract "subject to medical completion".
And Montella can not wait to get started working with Bonucci after Milan prised the eight-time Serie A victor away from champions Juventus, although he will not necessarily make the centre-back his new captain. "Seven seasons of victories, of dreams come true, of growth achieved via an empathic and exceptional bond with Juve, in its absolute entirety".
Bonucci is the indisputable star name in a string of signings that have been unveiled by Milan since the club's takeover by a consortium led by Chinese businessman Li Yonghong, the Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux group.
Milan boss Vincenzo Montella has said the signing of Bonucci is like a'dream come true
"Six Scudetti, all experienced and earned by fighting".
Bonucci is part of Juventus' famed BBC defensive trio alongside Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini who have powered the Turin outfit to six Serie A titles and two finals in three Champions League campaigns. "The great regret of not winning the Champions League, however, is the pride of success and for being part of a large family", he added. I have received, given and learned.
"The club is doing an extraordinary job in the transfer market, bringing in both experienced and young players", he said. It's easier for me to coach strong players. There are teams in Serie A who are already formed, like Juventus, Napoli and Roma. "Captain? In my mind I have more captains, I will talk with the club about this matter". But as I said, we have to become a team, we need to improve fast.
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