In something that is being referred to as the “Ronaldo” effect, Gonzalo Higuain has left Turin in favor of Milan. The Argentine striker felt that his play time would be limited with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo and decided that he should move to keep getting minutes. AC Milan will pay £16m for a one year loan for the forward with the option to buy him for a fee of £32.04m.
Higuain, who was linked with a move to Premier League side Chelsea, joined Juve from Napoli for a then domestic record fee of £75.3m in 2016 and scored 40 league goals in two seasons.
Leonardo Bonucci, 31, and Mattia Caldara, 24, are swapping places as both are valued at £31.2m. Bonuccia left Juventus last year, but only lasted one year in Milan before wanting to return to Turin. 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.”
AC Milan also released a statement about their two new signings. “Gonzalo and Mattia are two important pieces of the new era of the club.”