International Star Hands In Transfer Request Amid Reports Of £28.3m Man Utd Bid

By on July 18, 2018

There is lots of Manchester United-related gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers with the Red Devils linked with a whole host of star names. Today, Man Utd have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Leonardo Bonucci…

AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci has handed in a transfer request amid reports Manchester United are ready to launch a £28.3m bid for his services, according to reports via TeamTalk.

Jose Mourinho has already snapped-up three new signings with goalkeeper Lee Grant, right-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred all arriving in recent weeks but the United manager knows he needs to further strengthen his squad if they’re to challenge Manchester City for the title next season.

A new centre-back has been touted as a priority as doubts persists over Phil Jones and Chris Smalling while Victor Lindelof is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford just 12 months after arriving from Benfica having failed to establish himself at United last year.

Bonucci has emerged as a prime target with TeamTalk reporting earlier this week that Manchester United are ready to launch a £28.3m bid to sign the Italian international defender and while Milan value him at closer to £44m, United are hoping to drive the price down due to their financial difficulties.

It looks like Bonucci is ready to force a move as TeamTalk are now citing Italian transfer expert Vito Angele as saying that the 31-year-old has handed in a transfer request after his agent informed Milan chiefs of the player’s desire to leave amid interest from elsewhere.

Milan are yet to respond to the request but with an American-based hedge fund now in control of the club, any decision will be down to them and they must decide whether to cash-in or try and convince Bonucci to stay.

The Italian only moved to the San Siro last summer following a hugely successful seven-year spell at Juventus that saw him forge a reputation as one of the best centre-backs in Europe having led the Old Lady to 6 Serie A titles.

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We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming weeks but I think Bonucci would be an excellent short-term solution at the back for United if they could manage to get a deal agreed and lure him to Old Trafford.

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