Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HE'S YOURS, PEP... ; Pounds 50m Italian Ace Offered to Blues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HE'S YOURS, PEP... ; Pounds 50m Italian Ace Offered to Blues

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CITY have been offered Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.

Pep Guardiola is a confirmed admirer of the Italian international - describing him as one of his 'favourite ever players'.

Sources in Italy claim City's new manager has tabled a Pounds 38m bid for the 29-year-old - but that has been denied by senior figures at the Etihad.

It is understood the Blues were approached over a deal for Bonucci, rather than the other way round.

Contact was made by a third party with a view to securing a move to the Etihad this summer.

Juve are said to want a world record fee for a defender - valuing Bonucci in excess of Pounds 50m.

Guardiola is determined to improve his defence in his first transfer window at City.

He hopes to complete a deal for John Stones that could also exceed Pounds 50m after the England international informed Everton of his decision to leave this summer. …

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