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AC Milan complete loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain with option to buy

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Atalanta at Allianz Stadium on March 14, 2018
Image: Gonzalo Higuain has completed his switch from Juventus to rivals AC Milan

AC Milan have confirmed the signing of striker Gonzalo Higuain on a season-long loan from Juventus, with the option to buy.

The 30-year-old has moved to the San Siro for the 2017-18 campaign, with defender Leonardo Bonucci travelling in the opposite direction and rejoining his former club.

Milan will pay €18million (£16.3m) to take Higuain for the season, with an option to then secure his signature on a permanent deal for €36m (£32.6m) thereafter, Juventus confirmed via a document on their official website.

The Argentina international joined Juve from Napoli for a then domestic transfer record fee of £75.3m in 2016 and scored 40 league goals in two seasons with the club.

Leonardo Bonucci
Image: As part of the deal defender Leonardo Bonucci has sealed a return to Turin

Milan hailed Higuain's arrival as an "important piece of the new era of the club".

Italy defender Mattia Caldara has also switched from Juve to Milan, as a part of a flurry of activity between the two rival clubs.

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Bonucci has sealed his return to Turin in a €35m (£31.2m) switch, acting as a swap deal with Caldara, and signed a five-year contract with the reigning Serie A champions.

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