Manchester City have today had a €45 million (£38.2 million) offer for Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci rejected by Juventus, according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio.
Bonucci showed his immense class again at Euro 2016 for Italy and Pep Guardiola revealed earlier this year that the 29-year-old is one of his ‘favourite players’. Despite being linked with a move to City in recent months, no offer for Bonucci was reported until now.
On top of what is a generous offer for a player approaching 30, City also proposed a salary of €7 million (£6 million) per season to Bonucci. Juventus are one of the few clubs in Italy in a position to hang on to their prized assets, and consider Bonucci ‘non-transferable’ so rejected City’s bid.
It is unknown if City will try again with an improved offer. What it does suggest, when coupled with news that John Stones is close to signing, is that there is still an appetite at City to sign two central defenders this summer after Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte rejected a move.
23:50 UPDATE: Tuttosport also cover the rejected bid on tomorrow’s cover.