Juventus and AC Milan have reportedly held talks over a sensational swap deal involving Leonardo Bonucci and Gonzalo Higuain.
Bonucci only left Juventus last season for €42million after an apparent fall out with Massimiliano Allegri, but things have not gone smoothly in Milan.
The centre-back, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, is believed to have handed in a transfer request and actively looking to get out of Milan.
And Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has revealed this week all was not well with Bonucci.
He said: “His future? I do not know. I talked to him. Leo had a confrontation with me, but I’m not the club. He must talk to the managers, but as long as he wears the Milan shirt, I want to see the Bonucci of these first 12 days.
“He’s a great professional and always the first to lead the group. I hope he can stay, he is a valuable player with a great mentality. When a player expresses a desire, the coach and those working in a group must do everything possible to persuade him to stay.
“Agonistically, we must think about the pros and cons. If the player asks explicitly, we need to tackle the subject.”
Goal reports preliminary talks have taken place between Milan general manager Leonardo and Juve CEO Beppe Marotta on Monday.
Although no figures have yet been mentioned, Juve are believed to be serious about bringing the 31-year-old back to Turin and Bonucci’s agent Alessandro Lucci has indicated that his client would be open to a return.
It would leave Manchester United having to look elsewhere, after Yahoo Sports claimed Bonucci was on Jose Mourinho’s list of experienced centre-backs that could fit the bill at Old Trafford.
Chelsea would also suffer after reports suggested they were in the market for Argentina striker Higuain.
Calciomercato claim Higuain will be sold this summer by Juventus and he is annoyed at the club for forcing him out after signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sportitalia claimed Fali Ramadani – who helped broker Maurizio Sarri’s arrival at Chelsea – has held negotiations with Juventus over moves for Daniele Rugani and Higuain.
Chelsea were reported to be meeting his brother, Nicolas, who also acts as his agent, two week’s ago to discuss a £53million transfer which would see the Argentine handed a three-year deal worth around £127,000 a week.
But if Milan and Juve can hammer out a complicated swap deal then United and Chelsea will be forced to look elsewhere.