Manchester United interested in signing Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are interesting in signing Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, according to Manchester Evening News.

Jose Mourinho has already landed the signature of one central defender in Eric Bailly, joining from Villarreal last month for £30m, but is keen to further add to his defensive reinforcements, with the out of favour Marcos Rojo likely to leave this summer.

The 53-year-old has identified Bonucci, who emerged as one of the stand-out defenders at Euro 2016, as an ideal addition to Man United’s back line.

However, with United already in position to sign Paul Pogba, Juventus will be reluctant to lose another key player to Mourinho.

Mourinho’s interest in Bonucci comes as no surprise at all. The 29-year-old perfectly fits the Portuguese’s conception of the ideal centre-back: a formidable, composed and powerful force at the back, with experience in title chases, European finals and major international tournaments, Bonucci is without doubt one of the finest centre-backs in the world.

However, prizing him away from Turin will be difficult. Losing both Pogba and Bonucci to United would deeply anger Juventus fans and players alike, since it would break up an intractable quartet of Bonucci, Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli that has seen Allegri’s side encounter uninterrupted league success in recent years.

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