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Manchester City remain interested in Leonardo Bonucci despite Stones capture

Following the £47.5 million capture of centre-back John Stones yesterday, it looked as if Manchester City’s big spending would be over this summer. It may well be, but according to today’s edition of The Times, that could change before the transfer window closes.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been a target for several months now and sources in both England and Italy said City had an offer rejected. The Times suggests today that City still do have an active interest in the 29-year-old Italy star, but any move depends on the fitness of club captain Vincent Kompany.

Kompany is on the road to recovery but is still not fit to play almost 100 days after suffering his latest setback in May. Though Pep Guardiola would love the inspirational Belgian to be part of his plans, if he breaks down again before the transfer window shuts, City would have to be pragmatic and could make a move for Bonucci.

Juventus are holding out for £50 million, the newspaper states, but City are only willing to pay only half of that given that the player turns 30 in nine months.

The latest reports from Italy are that Bonucci is close to renewing his contract with a bumper pay rise, often the outcome of players being linked with the likes of City and United, but not actually joining them. But if The Times is to be believed, Pep Guardiola could still be in for a man he described as of his ‘favourite ever players’.

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