Marino: 'Milan regret buying Bonucci'

Pierpaolo Marino feels AC Milan would have benefited more from investing the Leonardo Bonucci money in attack.

AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has not fully settled into his surroundings, with the side struggling for consistency this season.   -  Getty Images

Former Napoli and Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino believes AC Milan already regrets signing Leonardo Bonucci, claiming the big-spending Serie A giant wish it had brought in a "top striker" instead.

Milan pulled off a coup in the off-season, prising Italy international defender Bonucci away from champion Juventus in a €42million deal.

The 30-year-old has not fully settled into his surroundings as Vincenzo Montella's new-look Milan struggles for consistency, having already lost two of its opening six Serie A games this season.

And Marino feels Milan – which signed forwards Andre Silva and Nikola Kalinic for 2017-18 – would have benefited more from investing the Bonucci money in attack.

"I think Milan already regret buying Bonucci," Marino told Rai Sport.

"Montella didn't want to switch to a three-man defence, but he found himself forced to change his plans by the arrival of Bonucci, but even that is not enough.

"I think that if Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone could go back in time, they'd spend that money to buy Bonucci on a top striker instead."

Milan faces a big test Sunday, welcoming high-flying Roma to San Siro as pressure mounts on Montella following the side's loss to Sampdoria last time out.

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