A trio of Premier League clubs look set to face disappointment in their hopes of signing Leonardo Bonucci, amid reports he is on the brink of extending his contract with Juventus.
The Italy defender has been linked with a £50million move to the Premier League this summer, with both Chelsea and Manchester City keen. It appeared Pep Guardiola’s side had, however, moved into pole position to sign Bonucci, having had a €60million deal accepted by Juventus last week.
And amid reports on Tuesday morning that Manchester United were poised to launch a bid of their own for the centre-half, 29, it appeared the demand for Bonucci was set to reach fever pitch.
Bonucci was reported to be using a holiday in the Balearic island of Formentera to consider a potential move, with Juventus leaving it up to the player about whether he fancied a move to the Premier League.
However, Italian daily Tuttosport claim Bonucci has now decided to stay in Turin and pledge his loyalty to the Old Lady.
The paper claims Bonucci is poised to sign a new and improved contract with the Serie A champions and will be handed a new deal worth €4.5million a year, plus bonuses.
The report adds that Bonucci, regarded as one of the world’s best central defenders, has ambitions to win the Champions League but feels he stands a far better chance at Juve than he would at any of Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea.