Man Utd and Man City to rival Chelsea for Juve defender – report

Zach Holland
Leonardo Bonucci: Wanted by Manchester United

Leonardo Bonucci: Wanted by Manchester United

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go up against Chelsea in a race to sign experienced Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, according to reports in the Italian press.

Since Bonucci signed for Bianconeri back in 2010 for a reported fee of £11million the Italian has established himself in Juventus’s backline alongside experienced duo Andrea Barzgali and Giorgio Chiellini.

In his six-year spell Bonucci has also won several major Italian honours, including six Serie A titles and three Italian Cups.

The 29-year old is now said to be sought after by incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and according to recent reports in La Stampa, both Manchester clubs are now set to join the race for the centre-back.

Conte certainly knows the player better after his time with the Turin club and is expected to try and bring his former defender to Stamford Bridge along with him.

However, Bonnuci is also said to be very highly rated by Manchester bosses Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, with battle set to ensue over the acquiring the player’s services. Guardiola would like to add some quality to City’s defence for next season while Mourinho would like to do the same with a marquee signing.

Juventus are expected to offer their star defender a new deal this summer, but could be swayed by a big-money offer for the player should he show unwillingness to extend his current contract, which expires in June 2017.