Pep Guardiola wants Leonardo Bonucci at all costs. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Pep is ready to do whatever madness is necessary to acquire the Juventus and Italy defender.
Gazzetta claims that there is ‘great confidence’ in Manchester that Juventus will accept a €60 million (£51 million) offer that the Premier League club plan to table for the 29-year-old, described by Guardiola earlier this year as one of his ‘favourite ever players’.
Bonucci’s agent is in Manchester and the crucial days could be Tuesday and Wednesday, with Juventus set to confirm the signing of centre-back Medhi Benatia from Bayern Munich. Benatia is the same age as Bonucci, and though his move to Germany didn’t go to plan, he is very highly regarded in Italy after his spell with Roma, and could be seen as an ideal replacement for Bonucci.
Gazzetta is clear: Juventus do not want to sell Bonucci and it would be a painful decision were they to let him go. However, they are realistic, and an offer of €60 million to the club plus wages of €8 million per season to the player (he currently earns €3.7 million in Turin) are enormous and may prove too much for the Old Lady to ignore.
This week could be decisive, when we learn whether Leonardo Bonucci will join Pep Guardiola’s revolution or decide to see out his career at Juventus. But with this news from Gazzetta, there is finally a feeling in Italy that Bonucci could be Manchester-bound.
Here’s a stat that shows just why Pep loves Bonucci so much.
9263 – Leonardo #Bonucci had the most successful passes in the Serie A (9263) among the defenders since 2010/11. Technical.
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) July 9, 2016