City manager Pep Guardiola is determined to land his man Leonardo Bonucci and has already tabled a £38m bid.
“According to the report, contact was made by a third party seeking to unearth genuine interest in the 29-year-old.
“Juve are unwilling to listen to offers below the £50m mark and recently signed Bayern Munich's Medhi Benatia in a move that could signal the Italian's departure.
“Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim Juve are unwilling to increase Bonucci's wages despite being aware of interest from the Premier League.
“City are prepared to hand Bonucci a five-year contract worth £6.9m a season, or £132,000 a week.
“And that would trump the current £3.2m-a-season deal he earns in Turin.”
However, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has cautioned Bonucci (and seemingly United-bound Paul Pogba) that moving to the Premier League would mean leaving one of ‘the top four European clubs.’