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Manchester City consider January bid for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci

Manchester City are considering a renewed bid to sign one of Pep Guardiola’s ‘favourite players’, Leonardo Bonucci, according to reports.

The Daily Star, Daily Express and Martin Blackburn of The Sun, a reliable City news source, are reporting that City remain interested in the 29-year-old Juventus centre-back, who was persistently linked throughout the summer.

This comes on the heels of Vincent Kompany’s latest setback, which although not yet confirmed, looks like it could sideline the City skipper for a few weeks.

Guardiola has been impressed by Kompany in training, but this latest setback will only heighten the concerns he has about the Belgian’s fitness record, and Pep still has a few months to decide whether to try for Bonucci or stick with what he has.

Juventus value Italy stalwart Bonucci at £50 million and their presence in the Champions League, assuming they advance from the group stage, could complicate any January deal. Even so, Guardiola is a huge admirer of Bonucci and he may be the number one target if the City boss loses faith in Kompany due to his ongoing injury problems.

Kompany’s absence hasn’t caused any problems so far, with Nicolás Otamendi, John Stones and Aleksandar Kolarov performing well, but Guardiola will want four top centre-backs in the long-term and may have to make a difficult decision on City’s beloved club captain sooner rather than later.

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