Gonzalo Higuain will leave Juventus and will now join AC Milan alongside Mattia Caldara, who will also become a Rossoneri player. Meanwhile, Leonardo Bonucci will return to The Old Lady after just one year playing with the San Siro outfit.
The deal is pending the official announcement from the clubs, but it has been widely reported that it is going to be a two-per-one player swap. And at least on the surface, it seems both clubs can come out as winners out of this deal.
Milan will get not one, but two players that can instantly help the team in the upcoming season where Milan will end up playing in the UEFA Europa League following the reversal of their ban. Higuain will undoubtedly become their best attacking alternative and should represent an upgrade over last year’s alternatives of Nikola Kalinic and Andre Silva.
Meanwhile, Caldara is a young centre-back who already starred for Atalanta, and could become a mainstay at the back for the Rossoneri side. Fans must keep an eye on his partnership with Alessio Romagnoli, as they could form the duo of starting centre-backs for Italy sooner than later.
On the other side, Juventus will get Bonucci just one year after his departure to AC Milan. Bonucci comes one year older, but also one year more experienced. And given his knowledge with Giorgio Chiellini and the rest of the defenders, there is no question he represents a substantial upgrade for the side.
It’s worth noting that Higuain joins Milan on a season-long deal worth €18M with a buy-option of €36M after the end of the 2018-19 campaign. Meanwhile, Caldara and Bonucci was a straight-up-swap where Juventus won’t have the option of acquiring Caldara in the future.
By all accounts, a win-win deal for both Serie A giants.