Manchester City appear determined to sign Leonardo Bonucci. After an initial offer of £38.2 million was rejected, his agent has reportedly arrived in Manchester today for further talks.
This is the claim of Italian news portal TMW, and backs up the words of Gianluca Di Marzio, who last night said Alessandro Lucci, Bonucci’s representative, would travel to Manchester in the ‘coming days’.
Di Marzio also said last night that Juventus “continue to send signals that Leonardo Bonucci is non-transferable”. If this is true, then the big question is why would Bonucci’s agent fly to England? The answer, according to TMW, is to talk to City with the goal of bringing a new €60 million (£51 million) offer to Juventus.
Pep Guardiola ‘loves’ Bonucci, says TMW’s report, and the new City boss called the 29-year-old one of his ‘favourite ever players’ earlier this year. Signing Bonucci would be a perfect welcoming gift from Txiki Begiristain, but Juventus are hard negotiators and nothing is for certain.
One interesting detail in the story is that there have been months of discreet negotiations, and that City are now accelerating their plans to sign Bonucci. This saga is likely to end up in one of two ways: Leonardo Bonucci joining Manchester City or Leonardo Bonucci getting a fat new contract to stay at Juventus.