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Gazzetta dello Sport: Torino reject £12.4m offer from Manchester City for right-back

Yesterday we reported news from Spain that Pep Guardiola has identified his priority target for the right-back position.

With Pablo Zabaleta looking likely to join Roma (or Inter, with Roberto Mancini said to be making a late effort), City will need a high-quality player for the right, and 26-year-old Bruno Peres, a pacy right wing-back, is said to be at the top of Guardiola’s list of replacements.

Following up on yesterday’s reports is news from Italy today that City have filed a bid for the Brazilian. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, City have made an official €15 million (£12.4 million) offer for Peres, which Torino have already rejected.

Watford have made their own offer of €14.5 million for Peres, though would be unlikely to compete with City should the Manchester club make another attempt for the player. What City might have to be more wary of is interest from both Roma and Paris Saint Germain in Peres, who has attracted interest from some of Europe’s big hitters after some excellent performances in the past year.

Having lost centre-back Kamil Glik to Monaco, Torino do not want to lose another defender without a fight, but realistically will sell if they get an offer they can’t refuse. The question now is whether City will improve this offer or look elsewhere.

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