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AC Milan make Leonardo Bonucci the most expensive Italian defender ever

Bonucci has a price tag, and is an incredible valuable asset to Milan

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AC Milan’s shock move for Leonardo Bonucci is special in a number of ways. Firstly, this marquee defensive signing marks the start of a Rossoneri renaissance. Secondly, the transfer deal shows ambition, having stolen a Juventus starter. Thirdly, it gives Milan incredible tactical options.

However, the signing is special for another reason. With this move Leonardo Bonucci becomes the most expensive Italian defender ever. More so than Baresi, more so than Maldini, more so than Nesta, Cannovaro and Chiellini. There’s one name in Italian defenders, and that’s Leonardo Bonucci.

The transfer fee of forty million euros makes Leonardo Bonucci the most expensive Italian defender of all time and pushes Milan’s spend into the stratosphere. What’s more with a rumoured pay packet of €6.5m - €8m a season, Bonucci will be the highest paid player in the entirety of Serie A.

God knows how this will affect Financial Fair Play, but Milan must be smarter than falling down that hole? Surely?