Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly set to renew his interest in Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci after Vincent Kompany’s latest setback.
The Belgian international saw his injury curse strike again this week after he was forced off in the latter stages of the team’s win over Swansea City in the EFL Cup.
As City await further news following scans, it has raised more question marks over whether or not the commanding centre half can stay fit and play a leading role for Guardiola’s men in the weeks and months ahead.
According to The Express, Guardiola put his interest in Bonucci on hold this past summer in a bid to give Kompany time to overcome his fitness woes and prove that he can be a pivotal part of his team moving forward.
Despite an extensive rehabilitation program and additional time to get back to 100 percent health, it doesn’t appear to have worked for the 30-year-old although naturally he will hope that it’s only a minor setback and he can get back to training as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, the pressure is certainly ramping up on him again as if the links with Bonucci are true, then it would suggest that Guardiola is ready to move on and look to bring in a proven, experienced and reliable option to come in next to John Stones and further bolster his squad with world-class talent.
As noted in the report from the Express, City were also put off by Juve’s £50m price-tag this past summer, but time will tell as to whether or not negotiations edge the two clubs closer to an agreement if Kompany continues to fail to prove that he can overcome his injury problems and stay fit for an extended period of time.