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Why Signing This Italian International Would End A Perfect Transfer Window For Manchester United

Leonardo Bonucci

Manchester United have done some tremendous business in the transfer window so far under new boss Jose Mourinho, having already brought in Eric Bailly from Villareal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund and Zlatan Ibrahimovich on a free transfer. There’s no doubt that the Portuguese manager isn’t done yet, and with the signing of Paul Pogba imminent. The club is linked with another Juventus player in the shape of Leonardo Bonucci. Signing him would complete a superb window for United, as the 29 year old is considered as one of the best defenders in the world. His performance in the Euros has backed up that tag, and it seems the Italian is in Mourinho’s crosshairs now. However, if we want to sign him, we have to see away stiff competition from our cross-town rivals Manchester City, and as such his cost could rise well above 50 million pounds. What will make his price even more stiff is that he is fresh from signing a new £70,000-a-week contract until 2020 last year.

However, the Italy international, along with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, has formed a formidable defensive quartet at both club and international level.

United attempted to sign a senior defender last year in Sergio Ramos, however the Spain international used their interest as a bargaining chip to earn an improved Real Madrid contract.

The club has shown interest in Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte, Everton’s John Stones and Ramos’s teammate Raphael Varane, however he insists on staying at at the Bernabeu.

The real deal:

A defensive line consisting of Italians, Matteo Darmian and Leonardo Bonucci, alongside Englishmen, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw would be a frighteningly tough wall to break down. With strong backup from Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, along with a host of young defenders, including Timothy Fosu-Mensah, United will have depth and quality in abundance.

On the flip-side, The signing of Bonucci could also spell the end for a number of other United players, with Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo looking increasingly likely to be overlooked by Mourinho. So it will be interesting to see how this scenario plays out now.

Written by Abhranil Roy

A thinker,thus a cynic.

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