There's A Theory Behind Leonardo Bonucci's Departure From Juventus
Leonardo Bonucci's move to AC Milan is by far one of the signings of the summer. Whilst it feels like it's come out of nowhere apparently the seeds were sown in June.
Bonucci is easily one of the top three centre backs in the world right now, along with Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique they are the standout defenders in an era that isn't really flush with the best of the best.
That means that good centre backs are at an absolute premium, even the hope of John Stones being a great one day cost Manchester City near £50 million and teams are reportedly being quoted £60 million for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk will cost you £60 million but Bonucci isn't even £40 million. Image: PA
The Italian though is set to cost Milan just £37 million, with £2 million of that in bonuses, in what is an absolute steal for the 30 year-old.
Whilst many are questioning why Juve would sell the centre-back and for such a small amount to a rival there's a theory going around, via Reddit user Izenhart, about what's gone on.
It all comes from the Champions League final and the Italian getting the hump with teammate Pablo Dybala and the argument in the changing room at half-time leading to a soulless second half for the Old Lady.
I... Have been waiting for this... For six years... For so long now... pic.twitter.com/VohqwcajIr
- Per L'ultima Volta (@JulianDM11) July 13, 2017
The bust up was reported at the time with Bonucci denying that any argument happened saying, "Nothing that has been written or narrated has truth. There was no dispute, no physical acts involving me or anyone else.
"The interval between the first and second half of the (Champions League) final was an interval like many others where, I repeat, nothing happened.
"These are the only words I have to say about this, and I hope they are the last."
Bonucci couldn't help the Italian champions beating Real in the final. Image: PA
The one time Inter defender was dropped by Max Allegri for the Champions League game against Porto earlier in the season after a bust up between the pair so there's certainly basis to the theory too.
Manchester City and Chelsea had both been linked with the former Bari centre-back in recent years and were reportedly quoted £60 million to sign him but obviously a year older and with the player wanting to stay in Italy the price has gone down.
The signing of the summer?