Football can be a very cruel sport, and for AC Milan, things have turned upside down very quickly.
Once a European powerhouse that won practically everything, the Italian giants have slumped dramatically to a point where even world-class players have been unable to dig the team out of a hole.
Things went from bad to worse for the Milan club this past week, when it was announced by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body that the club may well be excluded from European competition in the coming season due to a breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) Regulations.
The club spent €250 million in transfer fees last season, out of which €42 million were spent on one Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus.
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The veteran Italian defender was brought in to stabilise the back line of the Rossoneri, but in doing so, the club may have bitten off more than they could chew. A sixth-place finish in the Serie A even after the appointment of former player Gennaro Gattuso as Coach was underwhelming to say the least.
And with mounting losses and FFP violations, even an appearance next season in the Europa League looks unlikely for the club at this moment.
United have already signed Diogo Dalot from Porto, but are looking to add more defensive players to meet their requirements, and think the 31-year-old Italian might be perfect for the job.
Bonucci himself is one of the more experienced players in Europe, with 80 caps for his country and over 200 appearances for former side Juventus.
United have already been linked with a number of other defenders in case this deal doesn’t work out, but if Milan’s financial woes do end up leaving Bonucci without a club, we can be sure that Mourinho will swoop in to sign this sturdy and inspirational center-half.