Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Leonardo Bonucci

Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Leonardo Bonucci

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AC Milan's defender Leonardo Bonucci looks dejected at the end of the Italian Tim Cup (Coppa Italia) final Juventus vs AC Milan at the Olympic stadium on May 9, 2018 in Rome. - Juventus crushed AC Milan 4-0 on today at the Stadio Olimpico to win a fourth consecutive Italian Cup. Mehdi Benatia opened the floodgates after 56 minutes for the first of a double of the night for the Moroccan with Douglas Costa also finding the net in the space of nine minutes. A Nikola Kalinic own goal accounted for the fourth (Photo by Isabella Bonotto / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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AC Milan will reportedly resist any attempts made by other clubs to sign star defender Leonardo Bonucci amid speculation Manchester United are interested in the player.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Tom Coast of Sport Witness), the San Siro club are set for a busy summer in the transfer window, although four players are said to be considered indispensable; Bonucci is one of that quartet.

Here’s a look at how the story was covered:

On Wednesday it was reported by Tuttosport (h/t Sport Witness) that United may be a possible destination for the defender after United boss Jose Mourinho made it clear to Bonucci that he wants to sign him.

In the piece, it was reported Milan would be willing to accept a fee of €40 million (£35 million) for the centre-back, while a loan move with an obligation to buy is also mentioned.

For Milan, selling Bonucci would be a big surprise, as they worked so hard last summer to land the defender from Juventus. Given the player’s association and success with the Bianconeri, many were shocked at his decision to make the switch to the San Siro.

It's been a year of ups and downs for Milan.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for Milan.MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images

Bonucci was part of a massive transfer drive at Milan. The recruitment of a number of key players failed to spark the team into life initially, costing Vincenzo Montella his job; after a initial revival under replacement boss Gennaro Gattuso, they finished in sixth position in Serie A.

Individually, Bonucci’s season was full of ups and downs, although as noted by OptaPaolo, the 31-year-old did pass a milestone:

Before the transfer last summer many would’ve said that Bonucci was the best centre-back in world football. His stock has certainly fallen since then.

Much of that, granted, is down to the systemic issues at Milan and the issues of integrating so many new faces into a squad. Bonucci has played in different systems, alongside different defensive partners and has found it tough.

As we can see courtesy of WhoScored.com, he’s been outperformed by his former team-mates in 2017-18:

Still, at Juventus he proved he was elite, able to read the game, win physical battles and distribute from deep positions. In a more settled team with more quality around him, we’d surely see Bonucci recapture the form that made him so revered.

United would undoubtedly benefit from that type of presence. While the team’s defensive record has been good this season, that’s largely due to the exploits of David De Gea between the sticks. Mourinho doesn’t appear to have settled on a preferred centre-back pairing this season either.

While Milan are not in the Champions League and on the brink of another summer of transition, it’d be a big shock if they did allow Bonucci to move elsewhere, especially for the meagre amount mentioned in the report.

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May 17, 2018 at 07:10AM

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