Manchester City are reportedly ready to step up their pursuit of Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci after they had a bid for the Italian rejected on Wednesday morning.
According to the Guardian, City will consider offering the Serie A champions £51 million to lure the defender away from Turin, and should they do so, it would be a world-record fee for a defender.
After already rejecting a £38 million bid for Bonucci, it's clear that the Italian side doesn't want to part with one of their star defenders.
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However, a bid higher than £50 million would be almost impossible to turn down.
Bonucci has seen his stock rise over the summer as he was an integral part of his nation's back line that impressed many while at Euro 2016.
World Cup winners Germany eventually knocked Antonio Conte's side out of the tournament on penalties, but Italy achieved much more than they were expected to thanks to their solid defensive performances.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been a keen admirer of Bonucci for some time and was able to watch the defender first-hand last season during Bayern Munich's Champions League tie with Juventus.
After seemingly being impressed with the 29-year-old, it now appears that the Spaniard will do everything possible to land his man.
Bonucci may be persuaded to join City if he wants a new challenge after spending the last six seasons in Italy.
He has won almost everything in his homeland, including the Italian league and cup a number of times.
He may be tempted to link up with Guardiola as both men chase Champions League glory next season.
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