Leonardo Bonucci, the 23-year old defender, is being targeted by a host of clubs this summer, chief among which are Chelsea, Manchester City, and surprisingly, Manchester United.
ESPN report that Manchester United have enquired about Bonucci during their negotiations for Juventus’ Paul Pogba.
United have already brought in a centre-back, in the form of Eric Bailly. But, it seems that Jose Mourinho is looking to make a massive statement in this summer’s transfer window.
As the Red Devils are close to finalizing the Pogba deal – which should be completed by the start of next week, Ed Woodward soon will turn back to the Italian Champions, seeking United’s fifth summer signing.
But, the Old Trafford club will face stiff competition from their noisy neighbors – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. ESPN report that Manchester City have already made an enquiry about the Italian defender, although discussions are still being held about the defender’s transfer fee.
It is being believed that Juventus have placed a €60 million price tag on Bonucci.
Such a high asking price is no surprise, as Juventus are preparing to part with their crucial midfielder – Paul Pogba.
Juventus are also reportedly looking for Gonzalo Higuaín to join their squad after Pogba’s switch to Manchester United is completed. The Italian Champions are prepared to pay up to €70 million in order to convince Napoli to part ways with their Argentine attacker.
Chelsea are also believed to be in the race for Leonardo Bonucci’s signature, as they try and improve on last season’s disastrous performances. The Blues’ new manager, Antonio Conte, has just recently arrived at the Chelsea training camps, after managing the Italian national side during this year’s European Championships.
Leonardo Bonucci was a part of Antonio’s squad, which reached the quarterfinals – where they lost to Germany on penalties.
The Blues will be hoping that the relationship between Conte and Bonucci will be enough to lure the Italian defender to London. But, with Juventus letting go of Paul Pogba, it would be a hard task to convince the Old lady club to part ways with their star defender.