Claudio Marchisio has left Juventus following a 25-year association with the Serie A club.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who entered the Juve academy as a seven-year-old in 1993 and made his senior debut in 2005, has mutually rescinded his contract with the Italian champions.
Turin-born Marchisio, battling injuries, struggled to play regularly for the Bianconeri across the last two seasons but leaves with a haul of seven Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia trophies.
He made his Juventus breakthrough following their demotion to Serie B and in 2007 he helped the team secure promotion back to the top flight alongside the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Alessandro Del Piero.
A season on loan at Empoli followed, but Marchisio’s influence grew steadily once he returned to Turin.
Juventus announced Marchisio’s departure in a statement on their official website, thanking him for his contribution over 389 appearances, across which he scored 37 goals.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was also excited to see his team-mate find the back of the net and stated much more are on the way.
“It was nice, he also scored a goal so he gave joy to the supporters who came here,” Szczesny said of Ronaldo’s outing. “However, I’d say it is the first of many.”
See what else Szczesny had to say in the video below.
The Argentine star’s agent and brother, Nicolas, who is his brother as well, has been in contact with Milan’s new director of football Leonardo, and both of them arrived in Casa Milan on Monday.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri had refused to comment on the transfer situation on Monday, insisting he was not involved in the talks.
“I am not in charge of the transfer market, that is up to the club.”
“I don’t even have a [senior] striker here, so let’s see [about transfers] because we still have to return to Italy.
“When the market closes on the 17th [of August] the Juventus squad will be as competitive as ever. The club has worked very well and after this week of work we will go back.
“After that, we’ll take stock of the window, which will be an excellent one regardless of what happens next.”
Milan meanwhile are looking to seal a loan deal for the forward and will pay €18 million, with an option to buy for another €36 million.
A return to Turin is on the cards for Bonucci however, after an unsuccessful season at San Siro.
If the experienced defender does switch, Juve’s Mattia Caldara might have to move in the opposite direction in order to reduce transfer costs.