As reported by Dominik Schneider, Union Berlin are in pole position to sign Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci.
As previously understood, Bonucci’s ostracization from the Juventus squad has left the Italian defender with little choice but to look for a move away from the Bianconeri. Despite recently signing a new deal with the Old Lady – that would see his contract expire in the summer of 2024 – a move away seems to be the 36-year-olds only option.
Union Berlin had formerly expressed an interest in the Italian veteran, however, despite no action being taken, the German club look to reignite their efforts to lure Bonucci to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Nevertheless, Die Eisernen will face competition from Lazio who have fallen behind in the race for Bonucci’s signature.
Urs Fischer’s side are now doing all they can to ensure they land the defender in what will be a statement signing by Union. With Bonucci giving his consent regarding a move to Germany, a deal is looking likely to be struck between all parties.
The only sticking point for Union will be whether they can afford Bonucci’s wages. However, with an increase in fortunes from the Champions League there is no reason to suggest that this deal will not happen, especially considering that Union were close to signing another big name in Isco last January.
GGFN | Will Shopland