Leonardo Bonucci’s agent has arrived at Manchester to hold talks with Manchester City over a possible move to Etihad this summer, according to foottheball sources.
Earlier rumours had suggested that Bonucci was all set to reunite with incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte this summer but foottheball sources claim that Manchester City are the favourites to rope in the player this summer.
With Conte having said that he would not sign players from his former club Juventus, makes the situation more favourable for Manchester city to seal the deal, despite having seen a £38m bid rejected earlier this month.
Recent reports suggest that Juventus would be looking for a fee in the region of £50m for their star defender Bonucci. Manchester will break the world record fee for a defender if they match the asking price for Bonucci this summer. The previous highest offer for a defender was in 2014 when PSG secured the services of Chelsea defender David Luiz.
Foottheball understands that Manchester City are still in the game and the recent visit of Bonucci’s agent is sure to add momentum to their move for the Italian defender. It is also believed that Juventus might lower their asking price once they launch an official bid for Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia, whom they have identified as a potential replacement for Bonucci, if he decides to leave.
New Man City boss Guardiola is well aware of Bonucci’s ball-playing and tackling abilities as critics believe that Bonucci’s man marking abilities added with his strong physical presence makes him a perfect fit for the English side.
Manchester City finished fourth in the last Premier League season and one of the main reasons behind it would be the lack of strength at the back. With Vincent Kompany suffering a series of injuries and the absence of a world-class name at the back has forced Guardiloa to desperately look for a defender this summer.
Manchester City were also linked with Everton defender John Stones but his recent dip in form in the last season followed by a lack of game time at Euro 2016 have forced Guardiola to shift his attention towards Bonucci and other possible options.