Mourinho Interested In Signing AC Milan Star

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso and players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout.

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Jose Mourinho is wooing Leonardo Bonucci in order to sign the 31-year-old, reports Tuttosport.

The Portuguese tactician is reportedly a long-term admirer of the defender, who has consistently been one of the top 10 center-backs in the world over the last 6-7 years.

Bonucci’s resume includes 6 Serie A titles won with Juventus. He was also an integral run of their Champions League final runs in the 2014-15 and the 2016-17 seasons, although he ended up on the losing side on both occasions.

Manchester United boast of the second best defense in the Premier League, conceding only 28 goals over the course of the 2017-18 campaign.

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However, they have noticeable scope for improving their backline, given that Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo have been below par for the 20-time English champions.

Adding a world-class defender with Bonucci’s ball-playing ability to any roster in the world is a no-brainer move, and United would do well to pursue this avenue to their logical end.

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Bonucci moved to bitter rivals Milan from Juventus for a sum of €42m in the summer of 2017, but he was unable to replicate the success that he found with the Old Lady over his 7-year stint in Turin.

Milan conceded 41 goals over the season, which ranks as his worst campaign since his move from Bari to Juve in 2010.

A part of the reason why Bonucci chose to stay in Italy last summer was the ill-health of his son, who was suffering from a hernia. The player himself contemplated retirement, but those thoughts faded into the background with his son’s improved medical condition.

Milan have been in financial difficulties over the past decade, and have sold off the likes of Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the past to recoup their transfer value. The defender could be the latest to join that illustrious list of world-class players if this move does happen.

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