Just six months after his arrival, Leonardo Bonucci might not be long for Union Berlin, and Roma are mulling making a run at him. A lot has changed since he transferred to Germany, and that could entice him to depart and return to the Peninsula, Corriere dello Sport informs.
The Bundesliga side hasn’t been as competitive as expected. They went on a lengthy losing streak and finished last in the Champions League. Playing on the continental stage was one of the reasons that convinced the veteran to pick them. Moreover, they fired coach Urs Fischer, who was a proponent of the signing. His successor Nemanja Bjelica hasn’t deployed him yet.
Roma are hunting for at least one more defender, and Bonucci would be a cheap option to address the role. He’ll make €1M in the second half of the campaign. He plays the same position as Chris Smalling. There are no certainties about when the Englishman will return from his injury.
The Giallorossi touched base with the longtime Juventus staple in the summer, although Lazio did more legwork on him before he decided to move abroad for a few reasons. Spending time with José Mourinho could help him down the line.
Our Take on Roma and Bonucci
He has looked quite washed on the pitch, but perhaps he’ll seem less of a fish out of water in Serie A. He should be considered a last resort or, ideally, somebody who joins along with a younger player.
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