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Italian defender has offer from France, United still interested

AC Milan, once one of the giants of the Italian game have found themselves in a real spot of bother over the last few months. The club have fallen foul of Financial Fair Play rules for spending more than they earn, and have been excluded from this upcoming season’s Europa League as a result, and will also miss any European competition that they quality for the year after too, pending an appeal. Milan now need to sell players in order to raise money for the fine that they are required to pay, and one of their most viable assets, Leonardo Bonucci, has reportedly been the target of Manchester United interest.

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The Daily Express, via a report in Gazzetta dello Sport, are suggesting that French champions Paris Saint Germain are also interested in the services of the former Juventus defender, and have met with the Italian’s representatives in order to discuss a move. Bonucci has requested time to make a decision on the offer, with the Italian outlet claiming that he has until Saturday to do so. As such, with United’s interest little more than hearsay at this stage, it appears as if the player could end up moving to France.

It would be a shame if the club’s interest in the player isn’t genuine, given that Jose Mourinho is known to want an experienced centre back to compliment his current options in the role. Bonucci would certainly fit that role, and the relatively low fee that Milan are asking for would certainly be a welcome element of any deal that could take place. Of course, as we’ve seen plenty of times before, United have been used by several clubs on the continent before in attempts to smoke out potential suitors for their players, when the club themselves have never registered an interest.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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