Manchester City are in a state of transformation this summer with the new manager Pep Guardiola getting in players who suit his style of play.

Though he took charge of the club just a month ago, the manager has already completed a number of deals but is in a desperate search for a defender.

The likes of Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi have not impressed the new manager as he tries to search for a player who can partner skipper Vincent Kompany in the first team next season.

And one of the first names that were linked with a move to City was Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci.

The Italian international has had a stellar career so far with club and country and has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe at the moment.

He is strong defensively but his strengths are way beyond defensive discipline. He is a player who is comfortable with the ball at his feet and is someone who likes to pick passes from the back.

He is hardly reckless and loves to keep possession of the ball even in dangerous areas and his self-confidence helps him get out of tight situations even in dangerous areas.

All these attributes have alerted Guardiola to his presence who scouted him for almost 2 weeks this summer.

But it is now understood that Manchester City are leaning towards bringing Everton’s John Stones to the Etihad this summer after it was revealed that Juventus are not ready to sell Bonucci this summer.

The club was already rejected in a €60 million approach last week and it is understood that the City manager has now turned all his attention towards John Stones.


Though Stones is also set to cost the club the same fee as Bonucci, Stones is on the verge of moving out of Everton anyway and is a better option thanks to his experience in the league.

Though Bonucci has plenty of experience in Europe over the years, John Stones has plenty of room to improve and will only get better playing under Guardiola.

This shift in attention will now mean that Bonucci will not be leaving Italy anytime soon.

The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the defender this summer but it now looks like he will stay put in Italy for at least another year.


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