Leonardo Bonucci is reportedly set to leave Juventus to join Bundesliga side Union Berlin, with the Italian centre back heading to the German capital earlier today.
Bonucci has been with Italian giants Juventus since 2010, with the exception of a one-year stint with AC Milan for the 2017/2018 season following a falling out with manager Max Allegri, rejoining the side again in 2018.
He has played over 500 matches for them, scoring 35 goals and being one part of the legendary trio that included his countrymen Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, making his move to Berlin perhaps the most shocking of this transfer window.
Despite this, it is reported that Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Bonucci was headed for the German capital earlier today, after a verbal agreement was reached between Juventus and Union Berlin.
Football Italia also report that the centre back hasn’t been training with Juventus’ first team all summer.
It is said that the 36-year-old Bonucci will sign a one-year deal with Union Berlin, seeing him playing in the Bundesliga until at least next summer.
Leonardo Bonucci to Union Berlin, here we go! Verbal agreement reached, Italian CB leaves Juventus on permanent deal and joins Union ⚪️🔴🇮🇹 #UnionBerlin
Bonucci will travel to Berlin later today if all goes to plan.
Contract until June 2024, option for further season discussed. pic.twitter.com/pnL2VTlO6h
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2023
Football Italia have also reported that Bonucci is set to undergo a medical with the German side on Friday before completing his transfer.
It is also said that Bonucci’s transfer will be a free one, with Juventus paying 50% of his salary whilst he plays in Berlin.
Whatever the reason behind his shock move abroad, it is Juventus’ loss and Union Berlin’s gain – not to mention that it may make interesting viewing watching Harry Kane go up against one of the best Italy has to offer at the back!