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Higuain close to joining Milan while Bonucci set to make Juve return

Two Serie A stars will reportedly be swapping clubs this summer.

Bonucci and Higuain.
Bonucci and Higuain.
Image: Emilio Andreoli

JUVENTUS FORWARD GONZALO Higuain is ready to swap Turin for Milan, while Leonardo Bonucci prepares to say farewell to the Rossoneri after a single season in order to return to his former club.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Argentine is the subject of talks between his brother and agent, Nicolas, and new Milan director of football Leonardo.

If Pipita consents to a move, he will arrive at San Siro on an initial loan deal as Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster arrival threatens to usher him out of the first team at the Old Lady.

Milan will reportedly pay out €18 million for a loan move, with an option to buy at the deal’s conclusion for another €36m.

In what is shaping up to be a busy transfer window at both Italian giants, Higuain may not be the only player moving between Milan and Turin this summer.

Unsettled at San Siro, Bonucci is keen to cut his losses and seal a move back to the team he abandoned last summer.

If the defender does move, Juve youngster Mattia Caldara could see himself travelling in the opposite direction in a bid to reduce transfer costs.

Both centre-backs have been mutually valued at €40m, making a swap viable, although Juve would also have to bear the brunt of Bonucci’s €5.5m a season salary demands.

Chelsea, however, are also interested in 24-year-old Caldara, and could upset Milan’s plans after representatives of the Blues and Juventus met in Nice last week. Higuain, meanwhile, was not on the Londoners’ agenda.

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