Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looks set to swoop for Juventus defender ... Conte wants a reunion with his former player as the Blues look to defend their probable ...
Transfer News! Conte Lining Up £42m Bid For Juventus Defender Sports Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looks set to swoop for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci in the summer according to reports. The 29-year-old is reportedly unsettled in Turin and his falling out with manager Maxi Allegri last week was well publicised. Conte wants a reunion with his former player as the Blues look to defend their probable Premier League title next season. Also check out: Shock News! Antonio Conte Could Leave Chelsea In The Summer
Chelsea want their man
Leonardo Bonucci is renowned for being one of the best defenders in world football. His solid displays for
Juventus and the Italian national team have made him a prime transfer target for Chelsea in the past. The 29year-old was strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer but the Turin club managed to keep their man.
Latest reports suggest Antonio Conte will make a £42m bid for Bonucci in the summer with the Italians looking more likely to sell this year around.
Left out of European squad last week
The defender is said to be unsettled in Turin and was left out of Juve’s Champions League clash with Porto last week following a bust up with manager Maxi Alllegri. Bonucci was welcomed back to the squad at the weekend however after apologising. Here’s what Allegri said about the incident:
"I made Leonardo available for the game at the weekend.”
"He is a key player for us. He has made an apology and the case is closed as far as I am concerned."
Great relationship with Conte
Antonio Conte and Leonardo Bonucci are no strangers to each other having worked together at Juventus and the Italian national team. The pair enjoyed a trophy-packed spell together at Turin winning three successive Serie A titles before Conte’s move to Chelsea in the summer. They also reached the Champions League final in 2015 and were unlucky to be knocked out of Euro 2016 on penalties.
Bonucci is also used to playing as part of a three-man defence which is the style Conte has used to such good effect this season. He is experienced and is a winner which seem to make him a perfect fit for the Blues.
Do Chelsea need new players?
Given Chelsea’s dominance this season, it would be easy to suggest that the Blues don’t really need to strengthen in the summer. However, it must be noted that Premier League title defences in recent years have been shocking. Let’s presume Conte’s men do in fact win the league- they must ensure they don’t rest on their laurels and the signing of Bonucci would certainly be a step in the right direction.