Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano has revealed that Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci was keen on moving to Etihad Stadium in the summer transfer window.
The Italy hotshot was believed to have been one of Pep Guardiola’s primary targets, but he eventually remained at Juventus.
And even though he was thought to have decided to remain in Turin himself, Manchester City claim that Bonucci was eager to join the Catalan coach at Etihad Stadium.
“At the moment, there are a lot of players that want to play under Pep,” Man City CEO Ferran Soriano told Radio Catalunya.
“The Italian central defender Bonucci wanted to play for him (Guardiola) and he called us.
“So I called the Juventus sporting director (Fabio Paratici), and he told me they didn’t want to sell. End of story.”
Leonardo Bonucci is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading centre-backs and he has a long list of admirers in English Premier League, including Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Citizens manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly a big fan of his ball-playing skills, and he could reignite his interest in the 29-year-old footballer in the January window.
Manchester City face Barcelona at Camp Nou in the Champions League game, where the Catalans are 4/7 favourites to claim maximum points.