FA Cup semi-finalists Manchester City might need to pay a world record fee to land Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci this summer, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The 29-year-old once again demonstrated his sensational defensive capabilities by helping the Serie A giants keep out Luis Enrique’s Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, with their 0-0 draw enabling them to progress to the last four of the Champions League after their 3-0 win in Turin a week earlier.
And it’s these sorts of defensive displays which City boss Pep Guardiola would love his side to produce on a week by week basis, which is why he has been keeping tabs on Bonucci’s situation at Juve throughout the season.
The Italy international signed a new deal at the club back in December of last year, and although he did have a disagreement with manager Massimiliano Allegri in their match against Palermo in February, it is believed that things are better between the two.
And that could force City to bid more than the world record £50 million it cost Paris Saint-Germain to land David Luiz from Chelsea back in 2014 to land the 29-year-old this summer.
Guardiola is reportedly planning a huge overhaul of his squad this summer after a difficult first season at the Etihad, in which time they have been knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage, and have failed to sustain a Premier League title challenge.
Their last chance of silverware is the FA Cup, and they’ll need to get past 12-times winners Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday if they are to reach the showpiece at the end of May.