REVEALED: The Reason Behind Bonucci’s Premier League Snub This Summer

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A host of Premier League clubs were interested in Leonardo Bonucci last summer, however, reports claim that he ended up staying in Italy in order to take care of his ill son.

Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City were all keen on brokering a deal with the 29-year-old, however, Spanish newspapers report that Bonucci decided to stay in Italy for the better of his 2-year-old son, Matteo Bonucci.

Matteo had been suffering a series of health problems, and even underwent surgery at one point, meaning that a move to another country would put the kid under more strain, which his father tried to avoid at all costs.

Leonardo Bonucci was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. Manchester United were even believed to have lodged a €50 million bid for the Italian centre-back. Chelsea’s Antonio Conte was also keen on signing Bonucci, after coaching the defender during Italy’s Euro 2016 run.


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Pep Guardiola was also among the coaches interested in Bonucci last summer, but the Juve man opted to reject all deals offered to him for his son.

However, The Sun report that Antonio Conte will attempt to lure the defender to Stamford Bridge again, during the January transfer window. The report also states that Conte will throw down as much as £60 million to sign the Italy international.

Antonio Conte is keen on implementing a 3-man defense in Chelsea’s starting lineup – a layout in which he has used Bonucci before.

Jose Mourinho also seems to be interested in the 29-year-old, as he seeks to tighten up Manchester United’s defense with an experienced man.

The Red Devils were initially linked with Southampton’s Jose Fonte, however, Leonardo Bonucci may serve as a younger alternative, although Mourinho will have to battle it out with fellow managers Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola for his signature.

 

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