After a disappointing league campaign last season, new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has set about improving his squad already, with the club having signed İlkay Gündoğan and Nolito.
Another area the Spaniard will be keen to bolster is his defence. City conceded more goals than any other side in the top five of the Premier League last term.
Captain, and arguably the club’s most talented centre-back, Vincent Kompany has been troubled by persistent injury problems that forced him to miss 37 of City’s 59 games during the 2015/16 season, while Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi have struggled to find form.
Meanwhile, 35-year-old Martin Demichelis, who played 29 games last season, has been released by the club.
With a real need for a new centre-back at the Etihad, the Daily Star report that Guardiola has set his sights on Leonardo Bonucci, who shone for Italy at Euro 2016 before they were knocked out by Germany in the quarter-finals.
It’s believed City offered £38 million for the defender, who has been capped 62 times by Italy, but it’s been rejected by his current club Juventus.
The 29-year-old joined Juventus in 2010, and with almost 200 appearances he has played an integral role in helping the Turin club win five consecutive Serie A titles.
Having had a £38 million offer rejected by Juventus, it remains to be seen if City will go back with an increased offer or look for alternative targets.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena