Pep Guardiola wants to build a new Manchester City defence around Juventus’ £25million-rated centre-half Leonardo Bonucci.

With City managing only a draw at Norwich yesterday they are all but out of the title race and Guardiola wants the man at the heart of the meanest defence in Serie A to beef up City’s rearguard.

Guardiola described Bonucci as one of his 'favourite-ever players' and with City favourites to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, Bonucci’s arrival could complete an £85million double.