Manchester City CEO reveals why Leonardo Bonucci wanted to join the club

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Some consider Pep Guardiola to be the best football manager in the world, while many of the world's elite players are eager to work under his leadership.

Therefore, when Manchester City announced in February that the Spaniard would take over during the summer, it had everyone around the club excited at what the future would hold.

And it seems that the former Bayern Munich boss has not only raised the prospects of the Etihad outfit becoming the dominant force in English football, but also in his ability to attract the world's top players.


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City have the financial power to sign anyone in the world and meet their wage demands, however, they did miss out on their biggest defensive target during the summer. 

Both the Citizens and Chelsea were hotly contesting a battle for Italy and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci during the off season, although a deal never materialised for either Premier League club.

However, as per the Mirror, Manchester City's CEO Ferran Soriano has admitted to Barcelona-based radio station RAC1, that the 29-year-old did in fact hold talks with the club - in a bid to play for Guardiola.

"At the moment there are a lot of players that want to play under Pep," Soriano admitted.

"The Italian central defender Bonucci wants to play for him and he called us."

Juve refuse sale

But a deal for the £60 million-rated defender never did happen and the Italian's hopes were dashed by his parent club's desire to keep ahold of the highly-experienced centre-back, who has helped the Serie A giants win five Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias, three Italian Super Cups and reach the Champions League final last year.

Soriano, though, soon discovered a deal for the defender was off the cards, with Juve now set to offer Bonucci a new deal, in a bid to keep him away from City's grasp.

"I called the Juventus sporting director and he told me they didn't want to sell. There ended the story!" said Soriano.

Change of Hart

But while City could not acquire one defensive signing, they were able to equip themselves with a new goalkeeper, after Guardiola axed long-serving shot stopper Joe Hart.

Claudio Bravo was brought in from Barcelona this summer, as the Spaniard looked to find a ball-playing goalkeeper for his new club. And Soriano has admitted the club were after either of the Catalan giants' 'keepers.

Soriano said: "It was brought to our attention that both want to play every game and weren't happy with the situation.

"From there we talked with Barca and we asked if they wanted to sell one. Bravo ended up coming."

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