It is now official: Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara are Milan players, arriving from Juventus.
Milan have completed one of the biggest deals in Italy in recent years as Bonucci moves to Juve, while Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara make the switch from White and Black to Red and Black.
“AC Milan announced that it has acquired from Juventus FC the rights to the sporting performances of the players Higuain and Caldara. Gonzalo and Mattia are two important pieces of the new era of the club,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads this evening (Thursday).
“Gonzalo Higuain arrives at Milan on a paid loan formula until June 30, 2019, with the right to buy. Mattia Caldara arrives as part of the exchange deal on par with Leonardo Bonucci who returns to Juventus. The 24-year-old defender has signed a contract that ties him to Milan until June 30 2023.”
In their own statement, Juventus confirmed the details of the deal: “Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that these agreements have been finalized with A.C. Milan S.p.A.:
“- temporary transfer of the registration rights of the player Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain for a consideration of € 18 million to be paid in 2018/2019 financial year. The agreement also provides A.C. Milan S.p.A. the option right, to be exercised at the end of 2018/2019 football season, for the definitive acquisition of the player at a price of € 36 million to be paid in two financial years;
“- definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Leonardo Bonucci for a consideration of € 35 million payable in two financial years. Juventus and the player have signed a 5-year contract of employment until 30 June 2023;
“- definitive disposal of the registration rights of the player Mattia Caldara for a consideration of € 35 million to be paid in two financial years. The economic effect is positive for about € 22 million.”
Gonzalo arrived to Milano from Turin last night and was welcomed by many fans at the Westin Palace hotel, while Caldara landed in the peninsula country this morning. Both performed their medical check-ups at La Madonnina Clinic before heading to Casa Milan for the contract signing.
Higuain is the big striker that the squad of Gennaro Gattuso was sorely missing last season; he is a consistent scorer who has done brilliantly in every season in Italy. Caldara meanwhile, is one of the brightest prospects in the league, and is considered the future of the Azzurri defense along with his new partner – Alessio Romagnoli. Higuain will be wearing the #9 jersey, which used to belong to Andre Silva, while Caldara will be wearing the #33 shirt, perhaps in honor of Thiago Silva.
Both players will be presented to the press tomorrow at 14:00 CEST at the Rossoneri headquarters. The two are likely to debut against Real Madrid on August 11 at the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu.