Bonucci returns, Higuain leaves, and Caldara joins AC Milan
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has rejoined Serie A champions Juventus from AC Milan, while striker Gonzalo Higuain has moved the opposite way, and Mattia Caldara has left Juventus to join AC Milan.
AC Milan will pay 18m euros (£16m) for the loan of Higuain and have the option to make the deal permanent in a year by paying a fee of 36m euros (£32.04m).Bonucci, 31, and Caldara, 24, is a swap deal with both transfers worth 35m euros (£31.2m).
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus and the Italian club’s decision to re-sign Leonardo Bonucci prove that they will go all out for the Champions League this season. AC Milan said in a statement: “Gonzalo and Mattia are two important pieces of the new era of the club.”
Bonucci, 31, spent just one season at the San Siro having joined from Juve for £35.1m last summer. A Juventus statement said: “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.”
However, Bianconeri fans have not been unanimous in welcoming his return from AC Milan, as some supporters were seemingly not keen to forgive and forget the 31-year-old’s defection to the Rossoneri as they whistled and booed him upon his arrival at Juventus’ headquarters.
Nevertheless, his affections for a club where he won six consecutive Scudetti in his first spell remains strong, and the Italy defender feels like he is back at home.
"It was difficult to imagine this would happen, but it’s fantastic that it has."
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 2, 2018
“It was difficult to imagine that this would happen, but it’s fantastic that it has,” he told Juventus’ official YouTube channel.
“I’m excited. Turin is my home and Juventus is my home, so I’m really happy to be back.”
Juve kick off their bid for an eighth straight Serie A crown against Chievo on August 18, while Higuain, Caldara and their new Milan team-mates host Genoa a day later.