AC Milan’s spending revolution has revved into overdrive with the signing of Leonardo Bonucci.
The Rossoneri’s new Chinese owners have already spent nearly £200 million this summer. Nine new players will give the Serie A team a totally new look.
They include André Silva (from Porto, £33.5m), Ricardo Rodriguez (from Wolfsburg, £13.2m), Hakan Calhanoglu (from Bayer Leverkusen, £22m), Andrea Conti (from Atalanta, £21.1m) and Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal, £15m).
But the addition of £35.2 million Bonucci, who played at Inter earlier in his career, could be the real game-changer.
An integral part of the Juventus back line, Bonucci has won six league championships in a row and reached two Champions League finals. Now he moves from Turin to Milan at the age of 30 with one overriding brief – make AC winners again.
By now, Juve manager Max Allegri might just be regretting the spat he had with Bonucci at last season’s Palermo match that led to the rift. He may still feel that with Bonucci and wing back Dani Alves gone, he will regain the dressing room.
But both are serial winners. Alves has gone to PSG for the money. Bonucci has gone to Milan to win.
That could make all the difference in Serie A next season.
Next on AC Milan’s shopping list is Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches. The box-to-box midfielder joined Bayern from Benfica last summer for an initial fee of £27.5m, but it never really worked out.
Man Utd and Chelsea are likely to be in the bidding for Sanches, but Milan are on a mission and their Chinese owners clearly have the cash.
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