Leonardo Bonucci has chosen to leave Juventus for Union Berlin after Lazio failed to complete a move.
Corriere dello Sport (via LazioNews24) details how the 36-year-old Italian centre back was initially hoping to stay in Italy following his departure from the Old Lady and had been waiting for the Biancocelesti to finalise a move after various rounds of talks.
Claudio Lotito was keen on a deal, but Maurizio Sarri was unconvinced and ultimately took too long to give a final green light, pushing Bonucci to accept Union Berlin’s offer.
The report suggests that Bonucci would’ve accepted Lazio’s offer had they sent in an official contract by Thursday morning, but ultimately their delays pushed him to Germany. His family will stay in Turin, a sign of his initial desire to stay in Italy.
Bonucci joined Union Berlin on a free transfer, signing a one-year contract with an option for a second. Half of his wages will be paid by the Bianconeri, allowing them to lighten their wage bill a little.