Manchester City will reignite their interest in Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci this summer, according to The Daily Star.
Pep Guardiola’s men were linked with a move for the Italian international earlier in the season and last summer, but the 29-year-old signed a new deal with the Serie A giants back in December to all but end speculation about his future.
However, Bonucci had a row with Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri during their 4-1 victory over Palermo back on February 17, which saw him dropped from the following week’s Champions League tie with FC Porto, and somewhat throws his future at the club into jeopardy.
Although they have reportedly put the issue behind them – Bonucci has started all five of their games since – City are still hopeful of landing the defender for £50 million in the summer as Guardiola looks to bolster his options at the back.
The Citizens have struggled at times defensively this term, with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo unconvincing and John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi guilty of making high-profile mistakes, and although they have only conceded 29 goals in the league thus far, Guardiola clearly sees Bonucci, six times a winner of Serie A, as the man to come in and strengthen his defence.
That’s because it looks like Vincent Kompany’s career at the Etihad Stadium is all but over after an injury-ridden few years, which has seen him appear just 27 times for the club since the summer of 2015.
Thus, reinforcements will be needed for City to mount a serious title charge next term, and Bonucci could be one man through the door at the Etihad this summer.