Manchester City are expected to persevere in their attempt to sign Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci.
The Serie A champions have already rejected one bid from the 2014 Premier League winners – believed to be worth over £38m – but a second bid is expected to be lodged in the near future.
The Telegraph are this evening reporting that, while the size of the second bid is not yet known, it is being alleged that it may take an offer of £50m (if not more) to prise the 29 year old away from the Juventus Stadium.
New Manchester City boss Guardiola has already been quoted a similar figure for Everton defender John Stones, though spending £100m on a brand new central defensive partnership so soon after spending over £70m on Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolás Otamendi would be damning indictment of the club’s recent transfer policy.
Bonucci has just returned from an impressive showing with Italy in Euro 2016, where his penalty in the quarter final against Germany levelled the tie and ultimately sent it to extra time and penalties. However, he missed his penalty in said shootout (not that he was the only one) and the Germans progressed in the end.
Bonucci has been a vital cog in the Juve defence since arriving from Bari in a €15m deal from Bari in 2010. He has formed an impenetrable defensive unit with fellow defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, as well as goalkeeper Gianluig Buffon, for both club and country – and Juve manager Max Allegri would be loath to break that up.
Despite Manchester City’s interest, Bonucci may not even want to leave Turin. He has achieved massive success at Juventus and appears very settled – agreeing a fee with Juve may not be the hardest part of bringing Bonucci to the Premier League.
Chelsea have also been linked with the former Inter defender – if they were to become involved once again, the lure of Antonio Conte could be an interesting factor.