Juve Legend Likens Club Losing Bonucci to How Napoli Had to Surrender Gonzalo Higuain

Thursday July 20th, 2017

Former Juventus player Alessio Tacchinardi has come to terms with Leonardo Bonucci's move to AC Milan, saying that the club's fans now “realise how Napoli supporters felt with Gonzalo Higuain.”

The Italian defender made the controversial switch after falling out with Massimiliano Allegri and will now be keen on continuing his six-year Scudetto winning run.

Higuain's move was similar in many ways, a top player at the club leaving to strengthen a bitter rival.

“Milan are the most ambitious club in Italy right now and want to write history all over again,” former Bianconeri midfielder Tacchinardi told Radio CRC, per Football Italia.

“Bonucci to Milan is what football is like now, it happened to Napoli when they sold Higuain to Juve and now it’s the Bianconeri’s turn.

Nevertheless, Tacchinardi does not believe the acquisition of Bonucci will guarantee success and unlike Higuain's move to Juve, Milan do not have the foundations for their new marquee signing to thrive upon arrival.

Juventus forward from Argentina Gonzalo Higuain reacts after scoring the team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Monaco and Juventus at Stade Louis II Stadium in Monaco on May 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

“This year Vincenzo Montella has to prove he is a great coach. As well as making the team play well and giving them an identity, he must add more.

“I’ve seen Andre Silva play live and he seems a bit lightweight to lead the attack. Napoli and Juve have solid foundations in place and that means they’ll rarely make mistakes, but with this squad, Milan can do something exceptional.”

Bonucci joins the likes of Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Mateo Mussachio and Franck Kessie in Milan, as the club bid to regain their former status after years of mediocrity.

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