Union Berlin Likely to Beat Lazio in Race for Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci is leaning toward accepting the offer to join Union Berlin. Only a late and decisive move from Lazio could change the outcome at this stage. Maurizio Sarri would gladly continue with the center-backs currently at his disposal. Instead, president Claudio Lotito would like to add a veteran, especially considering that Hugo Lloris ultimately rebuffed them, Sky informs.

According to TuttoSport (via OneFootball), the defender is enticed by a few factors. First of all, he’d have a starring role and play in the Champions League. Moreover, Roberto Mancini leaving the Azzurri reset the hierarchies. He’ll have to earn his spot in the squad under Luciano Spalletti.

Bonucci has bought time since receiving the proposal from Union Berlin, but he’s on the verge of making up his mind. Coach Urs Fischer contacted him directly to convince him, which was very appreciated by the former Bianconeri captain.

The 36-year-old would earn €1.5M in the Bundesliga. He’s in talks with Juventus about his severance package. The Bianconeri would receive a small fee from the transfer, €500k/1M. His departure will set them back considerably since his salary for 2022/2023 would be €6M.

If the transfer to Union Berlin doesn’t come together before deadline day for one reason or the other, Juventus could release Bonucci from his contract. The move would allow him to latch onto a new team in September.

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