MN: Milan issue strong response to story about Caldara-Bonucci swap investigation

By Oliver Fisher -

Denials have emerged from AC Milan regarding the rumours that surfaced suggesting the club could be implicated in the Juventus investigations.

Earlier today, Libero (via SpazioMilan) reported that the swap deal that took place between Milan and Juventus back in summer 2018 involving centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Mattia Caldara is of interest to the investigators.

The deal saw Bonucci return to the Bianconeri having spent one season with the Rossoneri, while Caldara joined Milan for €35m and thus Juve registered a capital gain of €29m on the balance sheet.

Bonucci was valued at the same amount by Milan, so it was more or less a straight swap in practice between an established top-level defender and one of the brightest young talents in Italian football.

However, MilanNews are reporting that Milan have responded to the speculation doing the rounds this morning by reiterating that the rumours are ‘totally unfounded’ and are in fact considered ‘harmful’ to the reputation of the club.

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  1. Why would Milan be implicated?
    The only inflated value in that swap was Caldara’s who moved from Juventus to Milan. So Milan in no way benefited from his inflated value

    1. I’m not disagreeing with you but value means two parties have agreed on something. So if Juve inflated the value it must mean Milan also accept the inflated value or else there’s no sale. I believe that’s how it’s going to be interpreted.

      1. Milan wanted a player and Juventus put a price on him and Milan accepted it. Thatbis contractual not criminal. The criminal aspect of it only arises where one party inflated a player’s value to balance its own books which is what Juve did alone. Milan was not involved in that.

        1. But in this day and age, any transfer is considered by top analysts of the club (ie Milan) and external market analysts as well. So any transfer that seems inflated raises flags over why would they agree on it if the market says otherwise, thus the suspicion

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