Manchester City must eradicate their soft centre. They work hard to score patient, deftly-constructed goals, 60 of them in the Premier League, but their opponents rarely need to show the same creativity for the same outcome.
Simple balls over the top and pace in forward areas has often been enough to unhinge City’s poor defence: John Stones displays signs of naivety, Aleksandar Kolarov lacks pace while Nicolas Otamendi can make rash decisions, neither helped by aging full-backs. The perfect man to add calmness to this vulnerable back-line is Leonardo Bonucci, who has won 13 honours in his 12-year career.
Bonucci was part of an excellent Juventus side that reached the 2015 Champions League final, he was named Serie A footballer of the year for 15/16 and impressed at the Euros last summer.
However, his future at Juventus is in doubt after some conflict with manager Massimiliano Allegri. Now at the peak of his career at 29, this may be his last chance for a new challenge at the top level. If he is going to move away from his native Italy, it is most likely to be to play under Pep Guardiola, who he described as the best manager in the world.
The Catalan boss has made no secret of his admiration for the centre-back and typically takes to players who possess his composure and tactical awareness. Should this move between City and Bonucci happen, it could be a perfect solution to the difficulties faced by both parties.