The prospect of earning €8 million and working with the best coach in world football would tempt any player. And Leonardo Bonucci is tempted by Manchester City’s offer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, given away by the fact that his agent, Alessandro Lucci, has been in Manchester for talks with club chiefs.
City are offering the 29-year-old an annual salary of €8 million, which more than doubles what he earning at Juventus right now (€3.7 million). Juventus have continued to insist that Bonucci is not on the market, but the offers to both player and club ‘would stagger anyone’, in the words of Gazzetta.
Despite the temptation of a move to the Premier League, Bonucci has a strong emotional connection to Juventus. He has a great relationship with the club and fans. But like most footballers, he wants to look after himself and the feeling is he will resist Pep Guardiola and City if Juventus agree to make him their best-paid player until 2021. Although the Old Lady cannot match City’s proposal of €8 million per season, it’s thought an offer of around €6 million and a five-year contract would be enough to keep him in Turin.
This would be a massive outlay for the financially prudent Old Lady, more than even Paul Pogba currently earns. The knock-on effect, as Gazzetta points out, is that it could have other players banging at the door for pay rises. However, this is what it may take for Bonucci to resist the exciting challenge of playing for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.