Fabrizio Romano has confirmed an Italy star who is wanted by Newcastle United will be on the move this summer, in great news for Magpies boss Eddie Howe.
Newcastle have signed one senior player so far this summer, with midfielder Sandro Tonali arriving from Milan in a £60million deal. Tonali has agreed a five-year contract at St James’ Park.
He could be followed to Newcastle by one of his former Serie A rivals, as the north east outfit are also battling Manchester United for the capture of Inter left-back Federico Dimarco.
And there is the prospect of Newcastle landing three Italy internationals in one transfer window, as they have also been linked with Juventus and Azzurri hero Leonardo Bonucci.
Their interest in the 36-year-old centre-back was first detailed by Calciomercato. It was then picked up by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport on Thursday, who revealed Bonucci is unlikely to join Juve for their pre-season tour of the US as he will stay in Europe to try and find a new club.
Bonucci, who helped Italy win Euro 2020, has received lucrative offers from MLS and Saudi Arabian clubs. However, he wants to continue playing in Europe so he can remain part of the Italy squad for Euro 2024. As such, it is more likely he will sign for Newcastle or Sampdoria, as the latter have given him the opportunity to remain in Serie A.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now provided his information on the defender’s situation. Writing on Twitter, he reveals Juve ‘want Bonucci out’ and have therefore made him ‘available for sale’.
Juve sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli met with Bonucci on Thursday and brutally told him the news. Despite all he has done for the club – helping them win eight Serie A titles and four Coppa Italias – they want to get rid of him so they can usher in a new era.
Newcastle target no longer in Juventus plans
Bonucci is not the only one who will be sold ahead of next season, with Weston McKennie, Denis Zakaria and Arthur Melo all ‘out of the project’ too and resultantly up for sale.
Romano adds that French side Marseille are not interested in Bonucci, despite recent reports claiming that to be the case.
The journalist does not mention Newcastle, but if reports emerging from Italy are to be believed, then Howe’s side are well and truly in the race.
As mentioned previously, Sampdoria will rival Newcastle for the veteran’s signing. But there are two reasons why Bonucci may prefer a switch to Tyneside.
The first is that Newcastle can offer him a far bigger contract than Sampdoria thanks to their wealthy owners. Secondly, he has only played in Italy before so it would be exciting for him to try out the Premier League before hanging up his boots.
Newcastle fans may be surprised if their club ends up capturing Bonucci due to his age and the fact he is now quite slow. However, he is a proven winner with bags of experience playing at the highest level. Due to this, he could prove to be an important part of the dressing room as Newcastle push for another top-four finish in the league and aim to impress in the Champions League.