While the Paul Pogba to Manchester United speculation rumbles on the club are also being linked with a move for Leonardo Bonucci with increasing frequency by the press.
This time it’s the turn of The Manchester Evening News, which states that Jose Mourinho is keen on the highly experienced Italian international, who currently plies his trade at the same club as Pogba.
Leonardo Bonucci is wanted by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who is keen on signing another defender.
The 29-year-old has played 62 times for Italy (4 goals) and has won six titles in Italy – five with Juventus and one with Inter. He had a fantastic EURO 2016, not only showcasing his defensive nous but also hitting some delightful long-range passes.
The assumption is that the new Manchester United manager is looking to add some experience to a back line which is largely in its early to mid-twenties.
But the idea of paying the mooted figure of around £50m for a player who is 30 in December seems absolutely ludicrous to TFF.
The money that United will pay for Pogba is offset by his age and the fact that he will have a big sell on value.
But Bonucci would, in all likelihood, be signing his last top level contract and so it is hard to justify that sort of spend. He’s an excellent player but it’s silly money.
TFF thinks that Manchester United would be far better off going for John Stones. He may need time to settle, as Rio Ferdinand did after his record transfer to United but, like Rio, he would offer 10 years of great service to the club and improve over time.