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Juventus director denies Manchester City approach for star defender

Bonucci may be a Pep favorite, but no offers have been made - yet

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Juventus star defender Leonard Bonucci has been constantly linked with a transfer to Manchester City, and while that didn't happen in the summer, the player is still being talked as a potential transfer target for Pep Guardiola in the January transfer window.

Guardiola has spoken highly of the Italian international in the past, and because of Vincent Kompany's constant injury problems, Bonucci would be Pep's favorite replacement for the City skipper. But he's still a Juventus player and doesn't look like leaving the Bianconeri anytime soon, even if it's Pep Guardiola calling.

And when asked about a possible offer from the Citizens, Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta quickly dismissed it:

“No, that’s not what I heard. Right now, no players would be transferable anyway and we haven’t received any offers."

Source: M.E.N.

Signing Bonucci in the January transfer window wouldn't be a real possibility since the player would be cup tied and unavailable to play in the Champions League since he's part of that competition now with Juventus, and it doesn't make sense to sign one of the best center-backs in Europe just to play him in England for six months.

But Guardiola clearly has his eyes on Leonardo, and who knows what may happen. As we've seen this summer, Pep is pretty, pretty good in attracting talent.