Manchester City receive massive boost in chase of star defender

With Pep Guardiola arriving at Manchester City, the Premier League giants were primed to hit hard on the summer transfer market.

The Citizens have already secured the signings of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and winger Nolito, with an English record move for Everton’s John Stones reportedly being considered.

However, that deal could be unnecessary as La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football-Italia) has revealed that City could be close to landing Juventus star centre-back Leonardo Bonucci.

After an initial offer by Chelsea, the Citizens have now made a very serious move for the 29-year-old Italy international, who impressed with his performances at Euro 2016 and is part of the renowned ‘BBC’ with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini.

City’s offer amounts to a £42 million transfer, along with a five-year contract worth £6.7 million per season for Bonucci, who’s currently on holiday.

The report claims Juventus, who also received a record bid from United for Paul Pogba, were bombarded by calls from Manchester as there are rumours that Bonucci agreed to a move. La Gazzetta claims the defender organised a small goodbye drink, signalling his decision to depart.

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