English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester City are set to rekindle their interest in signing Juventus center-back Leonardo Bonucci in the next summer transfer window. Bianconeri director Giuseppe Marotta has come out in the open to throw light on the current situation regarding the Italy international’s future at the club.
“No, that’s not what I heard. Right now, no players would be transferable anyway and we haven’t’ received any offers.” Marotta said, as reported by Manchester Evening News.
The Italian defender was strongly linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium over the course of the recently concluded summer transfer window. However with City already bringing in the likes of John Stones for $6.5 million and veteran defender Vincent Kompany nearing full fitness, the club hierarchy decided to wait approaching Juventus for the player, as reported by ESPN.
The Old Lady also attached a steep price of $65 million on Bonucci which deterred City’s interest a little. However, the Citizens received another injury setback when Kompany had to leave the pitch during the closing minutes of the club’s game against Swansea City in the EFL Cup. This has again sparked an interest and transfer rumors are linking the 29-year-old Juventus stopper to the blue side of Manchester.
City manager Pep Guardiola rates Bonucci highly. He has even said that the Italian is “one of my favorite players” earlier in the year.
However, the player himself revealed that although he was tempted by City’s interest, he felt that it was the right decision to stay with Juventus. Guardiola’s presence was able to destabilize the player for a bit, but in the end he was able to follow his heart.
“I did give it some thought. I did not speak to Pep directly; it was just an exchange of thoughts with my agent. It was tempting, but I decided to follow my heart in the end.” Bonucci said.
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