Manchester United Look To Bring In Legendary Italian Defender

Manchester United are going gung-ho in this summer's transfer market by attempting to bring in AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci to Old Trafford.

Despite a stuttering start, the veteran player became a very important figure for Milan boss Rino Gattuso in the second half of the campaign and would make sense for a team looking to solidify their back-line.

But this again goes against Man United's previous title-winning philosophy of bringing in youth players and building them to be stars. The recent purchases of clearly talented if imperfect players such as Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic show that the Red Devils are looking for a quick fix, rather than prospects for the future.

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Bonucci, in fairness, comes with rich experience and could stablise Man United's defence.

La Repubblica via Italian publication CalcioMercato report that the financial problems ensuing at Milan have opened the door for Man United to jump in and nab the centre-back away with an offer of 32 million Euros.

Leonardo Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci

It would be tempting for the Serie A giants, but they would be making a loss on the player they bought from Juventus for 42 million Euros. They are reportedly seeking 50 million for the player's services.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

As for Man United, something needs to change. Jose Mourinho took over the club two seasons ago and enjoy a decent first year in charge, winning a League Cup and earning a Champions League spot via a Europa League victory. But his second year in charge saw a dip in form despite the positive start - and all they had to show for their season was a second place finish in the Premier League, after going out in the Round of 16 to Seville in the Champions League, and losing in the final of the F.A Cup to Chelsea.

Man United supporters, would you be happy with this transfer? Maybe if it was three or four years ago, eh?

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.

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