Juventus have set an asking price of €45million (£39.7million) for one of Pep Guardiola’s top targets of last year’s summer transfer window, Leonardo Bonucci.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports that a €45million bid should be enough to sign the wantaway Italy international, and it is AC Milan who have made the opening offer.
Ambitious Milan, now backed by Chinese wealth, have presented an offer of €30million for the 30-year-old, not enough to convince Juventus, to whom free-spending Milan could pose a new challenge to next season. Di Marzio reports that they are likely to return with a second offer that will include full-back Mattia De Sciglio.
The big question now is if Manchester City or Chelsea, two clubs known to have a strong interest in Bonucci, will make efforts to sign the experienced centre-back. While £39.7million is a lot of money to pay for a 30-year-old, Bonucci is one of the best in the business and with the crazy transfer fees this summer, it seems like a reasonable fee all of a sudden.
Some reports in Italy have suggested that Bonucci and his family are not keen on leaving the country, despite him admitting that he was very tempted by an offer from City last summer. If Guardiola or Conte could convince him to move to England, they would land one of the most talented defenders in Europe. But is he part of either manager’s summer plans?