Jose Mourinho to beat Chelsea for the £25million central defender

Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing Juventus central defender Leonardo Bonucci to Manchester United this summer, according to reports from The Express.

Bonucci, 29 has been one of the most consistent defenders in Europe for last few seasons and has enjoyed a trophy laden time with Juventus.

Mourinho sees Bonucci as the ideal man to bring experience and solidity at the heart of Manchester United’s defense. However, The Special One will face competition from his former club Chelsea to sign the Italian International.

Antonio Conte has also set his sights on bringing Bonucci to Premier League and be his leader at Stamford Bridge next season. Conte is currently working with Bonucci at Euro 2016 and has even discussed a potential move to Chelsea later this summer.

Juventus have demanded a whopping £50million to detract potential suitors for Bonucci, however, United are hopeful of completing a £25m deal for the defender after Mourinho’s keen interest in the player.

Chances of Bonucci signing for Man United – 2/5

I do not see this deal going through largely because of Antonio Conte’s influence over the player. Conte managed Bonucci at Juventus and has made him a main stay for Italy which could see the 29-year old follow Conte to Chelsea where he takes charge after Euro 2016.

Manchester United may have got the money to battle Chelsea on the transfer fee front or even doubling Bonucci’s current salary of £70k-per-week, however, Conte and Chelsea hold all the aces at the moment when it comes to Bonucci’s transfer this summer.