Man United look to beat Pep Guardiola to signing of Italy defender – report

Man United are ready to compete with Man City for the signing of Leonardo Bonucci, according to reports in the English media

Manchester United are hoping to beat Manchester City to the signing of Italy and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, according to reports in the British media.

The Daily Mirror are reporting that Jose Mourinho is keen to add another centre-half to his squad in the summer transfer window ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

The same story reports that Manchester City are ready to pay up to £50m for the Italian defender as Guardiola and Mourinho go head-to-head for the first time this season.

Bonucci was one of the most impressive Euro 2016 defenders under current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as Italy reached the last eight of the competition in France.

The 29-year-old centre-half has won five successive Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia crowns and finished as a Champions League runner up since moving to Juventus from Bari in 2011.

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United are already in the market for one of Bonucci’s Juventus team-mates as Mourinho looks to complete the signing of France international Paul Pogba this summer.

The Red Devils lost 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly last week.

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