Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is ready to make an offer for Bari defender Leonardo Bonucci.

The Daily Star says Mancini is ready to bid £6m for Bari centre-back Bonucci, who played under the City boss at Inter Milan. Mancini oversaw the 22-year-old's progress through the San Siro club's academy and gave him his senior debut in 2006.

Bonucci has gone on to become one of Italy's most accomplished defenders and helped unfancied Bari to boast Serie A's second-best defensive record this season. Eastlands officials are understood to have made an initial approach for the 6ft 2ins player, who is jointly owned by his club's league rivals Genoa.