After over a decade at Juventus, veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci is set to make a surprising move to the Bundesliga with Union Berlin, reported by The 36-year-old Italian, who has been a stalwart at Juventus since 2010, is reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with Union Berlin. Bonucci has agreed to terminate his contract with Juventus to facilitate the move, with a medical examination scheduled to seal the deal.

One of the key factors motivating Bonucci's transfer is the lack of continental football at Juventus this season. Due to a financial scandal, Juventus has been banned from participating in European competitions for one year. In contrast, Union Berlin is set to make its debut in the UEFA Champions League this season. The recent group stage draw placed Union Berlin in Group C alongside European giants Real Madrid, Napoli, and Braga.

Bonucci's departure signifies a challenging season for Juventus, as they will not compete in Europe for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign. However, this setback might offer the club a unique opportunity to shift its focus entirely towards reclaiming the Serie A title.

The experienced defender has accumulated over 500 appearances for Juventus across 12 seasons, becoming a legendary figure at the club. His departure marks the end of an era, and fans will undoubtedly miss his contributions to the team's defense.

For Union Berlin, the addition of Leonardo Bonucci brings valuable experience and leadership to their squad as they embark on their first-ever Champions League campaign. Bonucci's presence will be crucial as they face formidable opponents in Group C, making this transfer a significant coup for the Bundesliga side.