In order to make a stronger bid for the La Liga title, something which Barcelona only just missed out on claiming last term, the Blaugrana will have to bolster their squad during the summer.
Much like the Catalans, Chelsea and Manchester City’s recruitment process will need to be an assured one, with Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci being tipped towards a potential move to either Premier League outfit, although according to Tuttosport (via Football Italia) the Blues and the Citizens will have to fend off competition from Barcelona.
The front page of the Turin-based outlet claims that Barcelona are preparing to lure the Italian international towards the Camp Nou in the summer, a prospect which could be all too tempting for Bonucci.
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and City’s Pep Guardiola have both supposedly been battling for the 30-year-old centre-half for some time now, with big money offers reportedly being tabled.
However, with Ernesto Valverde vying to make his mark in his new surroundings at Barcelona, the English contingent will now have to up their interest if they’re to competently battle for Bonucci’s experience.
The Bianconeri will be determined to retain the defender next season, but if Bonucci was to submit a transfer request, the serial Serie A winners would be prepared to negotiate an appropriate figure.
The fee which a club will have to stump-up if they were serious about luring him away from the Allianz Stadium would be €70m, a lofty sum indeed