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Manchester City in contact with long-term defensive target ahead of new €60m bid

It is being reported that Manchester City are planning a £52 million bid for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.

Pep Guardiola is a known admirer of the Italian centre-half, calling him ‘one of his favourite ever players’ after his Bayern side drew with Bonucci’s Juventus in last season’s Champions League.

City tried to sign Bonucci in the summer transfer window, but a move failed to materialise. Bonucci’s wife, however, did admit that they seriously considered a move to Manchester.

“Obviously we talked a lot about a move to Manchester City between us because it was a big decision,” she told Tuttosport.

“The discussions about whether to go or stay lasted for about a day but unfortunately we had some much more serious thoughts than Pep Guardiola because of Matteo’s illness, which changed our lives.”

But it appears that City are still very much interested in signing Bonucci, with Calciomercato.com reporting that the Blues are in regular contact with the Italian’s representatives.

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With Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and Tosin Adarabioyo all being regularly linked with a move away from the club, it seems likely that City will want to bring in at least one new centre-half, and Bonucci appears to be the main target.

If City were to make a move for Bonucci during this summer’s transfer window. they would likely face competition from their Premier League rivals, Chelsea. Antonio Conte managed Bonucci between 2011 and 2014, and the Chelsea manager is reportedly keen on a reunion.

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