Out of nowhere, Manchester City yesterday made a stunning offer of €45 million (£38.2 million) for Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Juventus were quick to reject a sizable bid for the 29-year-old, an indication of just how highly regarded he is in Turin. However, according to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, City may not be willing to give up in their pursuit of one of world football’s elite defenders.
According to the report, City are considering returning with an incredible €60 million (£51 million) bid, which would make Bonucci the world’s most expensive defender if the Old Lady agreed to sell him.
Could £51 million entice the notoriously stubborn Juventus to sell their star defender? Gazzetta dello Sport believes an offer north of €50 million (£42.7 million) could tempt Juventus, and add that if Pep Guardiola is persistent, an agreement between the two clubs could be reached.
Leonardo Bonucci is the man Pep Guardiola described as ‘one of my favourite ever players’ and it seems City may be determined to bring the two together to form what would be a special relationship.