Madrid eye shock Bonucci swoop? cites a report on OKDiario, which states Milan’s “delicate sporting situation” makes it possible that Bonucci “would welcome another transfer” and “do everything possible to force his departure from the club”, in the event Madrid come calling.

Los Blancos are interested by his experience, physical and technical ability, Champions League eligibility and absence at the World Cup, which would let them “squeeze the maximum from him” towards the end of the campaign.

As AC Milan has new owner’s it does not look very simple and cheap to let the defender leave in January, and will demand at least €40m (the amount they paid to Juventus in Summer).