All the noises coming out of Manchester United would suggest that Jose Mourinho would be happy with four signings this summer, with Paul Pogba expected to be the last piece in the jigsaw for this summer at least.
Indeed, while away on pre-season duty in China, The Guardian has quoted Mourinho as saying:
“I asked them for four profiles of players, I gave them a few options and they did for me 75% of the job and we just have 25% to do before 31 August. So we are in a great position to do what I consider will be a great market for us.”
But ESPN reports today that Manchester United are keen to sign 29-year-old Italian defensive stalwart Leonardo Bonucci. They say:
Manchester United are the latest club to express interest in Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, with club sources telling ESPN FC that the 29-year-old’s name was brought up in negotiations over Paul Pogba.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also reportedly interested in signing the player this summer. His stock has risen hugely with an imperious sequence of performances at EURO 2016 for Italy.
Although he is now 29 years of age, the player would apparently command in the region of 60m Euros.
The report states that if Manchester United do push forward with their interest then it could spell the end of Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo at Old Trafford. Both players have been in and out of the team over the last two years and have both been blighted by injuries.
The Viterbo born 6ft 3in centre back has played 274 games for Juventus since he moved form Bari in 2010. He has scored 16 goals as well as providing many key assists thanks to his beautiful passing range.
He’s also been a regular for Italy since 2010 with 62 caps to his name (4 goals).