Manchester City are poised to up their initial £40m offer for Everton’s John Stones this week and may turn to Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci as well if Vincent Kompany’s injury woes persist, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.
The Citizens are thought to be keen on the Toffees’ 22-year-old star, who has been aligned with them for much of the summer as Pep Guardiola plots a defensive re-shuffle.
It’s claimed that a £40m offer from Man City has already been knocked back by Everton as they seek to secure a massive £50m for the ex-Barnsley man, but reports reveal that the Sky Blues are confident a compromise can be struck, with a new bid to be lodged this week.
As well as Stones, Bonucci, who has been linked with Manchester United of late, is a target.
The 29-year-old Italian is seen as an ideal option in the event that captain Kompany is unable to recover from his latest set-back.
Although Guardiola is a huge fan of Bonucci, he’s reluctant to sanction spending to the tune of close to £100m – Juve wants £50m for their stalwart – if his current Belgian enforcer can be utilised this season.
Kompany’s injury record has been patchy for some time, and a move for Bonucci will be launched if he suffers another set-back before the close of the transfer window.