Two reasons cited as Juventus star snubs chance to finally join Man City

Juventus have rejected a new offer from Manchester City for Leonardo Bonucci and will not allow the player to leave, according to reports.

The 33-year-old has spent his entire career in his native Italy, but has been linked with a Premier League move throughout his career – previously admitting that he has had offers from both Manchester clubs in the past.

Pep Guardiola outlined him as a target after taking over as Man City boss in 2016, only for Bonucci to stay put at Juventus – and with City’s interest revived, it appears history may repeat itself.

According to Goal Italy‘s Romeo Agresti, City have recently put a new offer on the table for Bonucci, with defence one of the key areas they need to upgrade in order to close the gap that has opened up between them and Liverpool.

City failed to sign a replacement for Vincent Kompany when their captain left upon the expiry of his contract last summer, and that has forced Guardiola to field players like Fernandinho and Rodri out of position at times this season.

They have since been linked with several names as they look for a reliable partner at the back for Aymeric Laporte, with names such as Milan Skriniar, Alessandro Bastoni and Jonathan Tah all having been touted in the gossip columns – while they have also reportedly entered the race for Ben White.

Bonucci would be a high-profile addition if he was the player they chose to pursue, but Agresti claims there is no chance of the deal happening, due to two factors.

First, the Italy international recently signed a new contract to extend his stay in Turin until 2024, which was a sign of the second factor – the fact that he wants to stay with Juventus.

Maurizio Sarri has relied upon Bonucci as one of his most experienced players and still has a large place in his plans for him, forcing Guardiola and City to look elsewhere.