Manchester City have been dealt a blow with the news that rumoured transfer target, Leonardo Bonucci, has signed a new deal with his current club, Juventus.
Bonucci, 29, was linked with a big-money move to both The Etihad and Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, but the Italian centre-back has decided to remain in Turin until 2021.
Pep Guardiola is known to be a long-term admirer of Bonucci, describing him as “one of my favourite ever players,” after Bayern met Juventus in last season’s Champions League.
Many outlets have suggested that City actually tabled a bid for Bonucci in the summer transfer window, but not even an offer of close to £50 million was enough to tempt The Old Lady into parting with one of their most important players.
City’s desire for Bonucci was apparently mutual, as according to City CEO Ferran Soriano, he was keen on a move to the Etihad.
Soriano told Barcelona-based radio station RAC1 “The Italian central defender Bonucci wants to play for him [Guardiola] and he called us.”
Unfortunately, due to Juventus’ resilience, the move failed to materialise, and given that he will be well into his thirties by the time his new contract expires, City are unlikely to try again.
Bonucci joins Hector Bellerin on the list of rumoured Manchester City targets to have signed new contracts this season.