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Mundo Deportivo: City explore deal for Guardiola’s ‘favourite player’

After the first leg of February’s Champions League final last 16 game between Bayern Munich and Juventus, Pep Guardiola revealed his admiration for an opposition player during his press conference.

Pep had just watched Juventus come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with his side, but spoke glowingly about defender Leonardo Bonucci, whose performance had been typically impressive, describing him “as one of my all-time favourite players”.

After Guardiola left Bayern for Manchester City, Bonucci was one of the names on a forever expanding list of City ‘targets’. Many probably saw this as lazy journalism, putting one and one together, but today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo believes links to the player have been authentic.

The article mentions that not only would Antonio Conte like to take him to Chelsea, but that City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has already been in contact with Bonucci’s agent to explore the possibility of a deal that would see the 29-year-old swap Turin for the Etihad.

The outcome of this contact was that any deal for Bonucci is unlikely, because not only do Juventus deem him non-transferable, he is also very happy to continue in Turin. It does appear, though, that City have had genuine interest in the Italy defender, although the likelihood now is that they have moved on to other targets.

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