Harry Redknapp delivers verdict on reported Chelsea, Man City target

Harry Redknapp is a big fan of Italy and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci

Harry Redknapp says he would try to sign Italy and Juventus centre-half Leonardo Bonucci if he were still a Premier League manager this summer.

The Juve defender was one of the stars of the European championship as the 29-year-old helped the Azzurri reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Bonucci equalised with an emphatic spot-kick to rescue a 1-1 draw with Germany and force extra-time and penalties, which Joachim Low’s side managed to win.

Unsurprisingly, new Chelsea manager and outgoing Italy head coach Antonio Conte has been linked with a move for the Juventus defender in the summer transfer window.

According to Yahoo Sport, Bonucci is already weighing up a potential move to Manchester City as the Citizens continue negotiations over a potential big-money transfer.

Former Tottenham manager Redknapp singled out the 29-year-old Italian defender as one of the players who stood out at this summer’s European championship in France.

“I like the look of the Italian defenders,” Redknapp told BetSafe.

“I think Bonucci I would trying to sign, if he can get him.

“He’ll be a great sign, a warrior, a real leader, a real winner, they’re desperate for a top class centre half. I think he would probably be my first sign in.”

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Bonucci has won five successive Serie A titles since the centre-half swapped Bari for Juventus in 2011.

City finished in fourth place in Manuel Pellegrini’s final season in charge at the Etihad Stadium, while Chelsea ended a disappointing campaign in tenth place in the Premier League table.

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