Manchester City’s pursuit of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci could still end in success, according to Italian news portal Calciomercato Web.
32-year-old PSG centre-back Thiago Silva is out of contract next summer and recent reports have linked Juve with a move for the renowned defender, who made his name in Serie A with AC Milan before heading to the nouveau riche French side.
And according to CMW’s exclusive information, should Juventus succeed in snatching Silva on a free transfer next summer, they would finally agree to sell Bonucci, described by Pep Guardiola as one of his ‘favourite ever players’ earlier this year, to Manchester City.
The report states that City were convinced they could deliver Bonucci to Pep in the summer, by delivering an offer of €60 million to Juventus and €40 million to the player (€8 million net over five seasons). However, Juventus were adamant he wouldn’t leave and said no, the main reason being a shortage of time to find an ideal replacement.
Thiago Silva would certainly be an ideal replacement for Bonucci, meaning the Italy hero could yet rock up at the Etihad Stadium after City CEO, Ferran Soriano, claimed recently that Bonucci WANTED to join the club.