Manchester United hierarchy blocked Jose Mourinho’s attempt to sign Italian defender

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was denied the opportunity to sign Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan during the recently-concluded transfer window. The Italy international has emerged as a transfer target for the Portuguese during the summer but the move never materialised with United’s hierachy deemed to have blocked the approach.

According to The Sun, Mourinho had been eager to acquire the signature of Bonucci from Milan this summer but his efforts went in vain after the board decided against the move. It is added that the refusal was based on the player’s age (31) and the hierarchy felt that there may not be able to command a significant resale value.

Thereafter, Bonucci decided to re-sign for Juventus in a £31m-rated swap deal which witnessed Mattia Caldara head the other way, and things have since flowed flowed fluently for the Italian, who has reclaimed his regular role alongside Giorgio Chiellini, though he has yet to win over a section of the supporters.

Meanwhile, United’s summer certainly did not go as planned for Mourinho after failing to sign an experienced defender and Bonucci was apparently one of the many targets whom the Portuguese had on his transfer wishlist.

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich ace Jerome Boateng were the other names touted to make the switch and the latter has most recently rubbed salt to the wound by confirming that he rejected advances from Mourinho via a phone call.

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