AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci set a deadline to make a decision on whether he will join Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with the groundwork of the deal already being put in place.
Gazzetta dello Sport report that the Italian defender wishes to wait on the CAS ruling over Milan's European expulsion, as well as the appointment of a new board of directors at the club before making his decision.
Gazzetta : L'agent de #Bonucci est à Paris ! Il a rencontré les dirigeants du #PSG, un accord proche d'être trouvé. Le joueur se fixe jusqu'à samedi pour décider : il attend la décision du TAS et le nouveau CdA (samedi). https://t.co/3B4BSuzNUz— GuillaumeMP (@Guillaumemp) July 18, 2018
Bonucci would understandably wish to leave the Milan club should CAS rule against the Rossoneri, confirming their expulsion from the Europa League, as he will want to play European football again in the coming season.
The final ruling by CAS is expected tomorrow, July 19.
Either way the ruling goes, Bonucci has still given himself time beyond that to make a decision, in line with his self-imposed deadline. The defender is also thought to be waiting to see what happens with the appointment of a new board of directors at Milan, expected to occur on Saturday.
It is unlikely CAS will rule in any way that will support Milan's chances to re-enter Europe, and with PSG snapping at the player's heels with the offer of money and guaranteed European football, it remains likely that the player will decide to depart San Siro this summer.