AC Milan have completed a deal to bring in striker Gonzalo Higuain to the San Siro from Juventus on an initial-loan plus cash deal – in what has been a major blow to Maurizio Sarri’s summer plans.
Now the Blues’ Italian manager is set to feel the hurt once again as defender Mattia Caldara is also set to snub any advances from Chelsea and head to AC Milan as a part of deal taking Leonardo Bonucci back to Juventus – according to the Daily Mail.
It looks as if a deal has been done between the two Italian giants that will see Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara head to Milan and Leonardo Bonucci plus cash come back to the current Serie A champions Juventus.
Now Chelsea’s attention will be all on turning their long-standing interest in Juventus’s Daniele Rugani into a bid and getting him to west London before next week’s transfer deadline. The arrival (and return) of Leonardo Bonucci could certainly help speed that up as Juve have a like-for-like replacement.
With so little time between now and next Thursday’s deadline the move has to escalate within a week or the Blues risk going without any of their top defensive targets in the summer window. Rugani though, is keen to come to the Premier League and the Daily Mail state that is a fee is agreed it will be a deal that will be done quickly.
Maurizio Sarri wants to bring in a ball-playing defender and no doubt Daniele Rugani ticks the box, as well as only being 24 – the Blues will be getting a player that still has the best years of his defensive career ahead of him. Interestingly though, Rugani played the entirety of Juventus’s friendly last night against and MLS All-Stars team in Atlanta.