Ferran Soriano: Bonucci approached City about playing under Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola has already sparked interest from some of the game’s brightest players to join him in England.

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According to Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano, one of Serie A’s top defenders approached the club about coming to the Etihad Stadium over the summer.

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Soriano spoke with Barcelona-based radio station RAC1, stating that Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci approached the Citizens about coming to Manchester ahead of the 2016/17 season.

“At the moment there are a lot of players that want to play under Pep,” Soriano revealed.”The Italian central defender [Leo] Bonucci wants to play for him and he called us.”

To the dismay of City, though, Juventus was reportedly unwilling to sell their prized defender. Guardiola and the Premier League leaders went on to purchase John Stones from Everton ahead of the season, and has cemented a place in the first team.

While funds aren’t an issue for the Citizens, any deal to acquire Bonucci would have been costly. Chelsea’s rumored deal of over $73 million was shot down by the Serie A champions, meaning City would have had to ante up even more.

“I called the Juventus sporting director and he told me they didn’t want to sell,” Soriano continued. “There ended the story!”