Man City won't meet Juventus' valuation for Bonucci – source

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that, for now, he is counting on Yaya Toure.

Juventus are demanding too much money for Manchester City target Leonardo Bonucci, a source has told ESPN FC.

Reports in Italy claim that City are set to make an offer of £51 million for the defender. However, a source has told ESPN FC that the Premier League club are unwilling to pay such a huge fee for a 29-year-old.

It was reported that City have already had a £38m bid rejected by the Italian side, but a source has told ESPN FC that the club have not made any offer.

A new defender is high on Pep Guardiola’s list of priorities this summer and the former Bayern Munich boss described Bonucci as “one of my favourite ever players” following a Champions League tie against Juventus in February.

Leonardo Bonucci impressed for Italy at Euro 2016.

Everton centre-back John Stones is also a top target for Guardiola this summer, with City having missed out on Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte after he opted to sign a new deal with the La Liga club.

Bonucci has also been linked with a move to Chelsea and a chance to be reunited with new boss Antonio Conte, who he worked with at Juventus and with Italy.

He is currently on a break following Euro 2016 and has so far refused to comment on his future.

Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him @jonnysmiffy.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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