Claim From Italy: Manchester United Explore Possibility Of Signing Italy Centre-Back

  • Claim From Italy: Manchester United Explore Possibility Of Signing Italy Centre-Back

Claim From Italy: Manchester United Explore Possibility Of Signing Italy Centre-Back

A mere day after Tuttosport got Manchester United fans mildly excited about the prospect of Leonardo Bonucci swapping Milan for the north of England, Gazzetta dello Sport come in and ruin the fun.

After a disappointing season, Mourinho is unsure whether Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have long term futures at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old only moved to the San Siro last summer following a brilliant spell with Italian rivals Juventus, but it has been claimed that the Rossoneri may be open to selling him amid fears of UEFA Financial Fair Play penalties after missing out on Champions League qualification.

According to the same report, Milan do not intend to listen to any bids below £35m, although an initial loan offer with an obligation to buy could be an option.

As far as Bonucci is concerned, should a transfer materialise, it could happen sooner rather than later as Italy won't be involved in the World Cup.

Having spent around £200million last summer, finishing in the top four became the absolute minimum requirement, but Milan will only be playing Europa League football next season.

At the time, it was reported Bonucci wanted to leave Juve due to a row with Max Allegri and had been heavily linked with Chelsea for Antonio Conte as well as Real Madrid.