Until it happened Leonardo Bonucci’s move from Juventus to AC Milan sounded like a joke. As it turns out, that’s exactly how it came about.
Rossoneri sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli didn’t plan on signing the 30-year-old centre-back at first, and passed it off as a jest when his name was brought up by agent Alessandro Lucci.
"I was talking to Lucci about other players and he kept making jokes about Bonucci," Mirabelli told Rai Sport. "Over the first few days, I didn't even tell [Milan CEO Marco] Fassone.
"Then I saw the lad really did want to come to Milan and we worked out the negotiations very quickly. Bonucci's transfer wasn't planned, but it was an opportunity we had to grab as it went past."
Bravi ragazzi e grazie San Siro! Un passo in avanti verso l'obiettivo. Non vedo l'ora di scendere in campo con voi per giocare la mia prima gara ufficiale!!! // Well done guys and thanks San Siro! Another step towards our goal. Looking forward to play with you on the pitch for my first official game!!! #HungrierThanEver #weareateam #UEL
Bonucci is arguably the marquee signing of what has been a very ambitious transfer window for Milan, and they’re still looking to make at least one more signing.
"We'll look at what is out there and you never know in life," Mirabelli added, with the club linked to a number of top strikers including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andrea Belotti, Nikola Kalinic and former star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is currently a free agent.
"A few old faces may well return, but I do not intend to allude to Ibrahimovic. We're keeping our feet on the ground and evaluating the situation."