Chelsea still want £48m rated international – report

Chelsea were a wonderful attacking specimen over the last season and scored almost as many goals as anyone in the Premier League.

But TFF still senses that Antonio Conte’s philosophy is built on a brilliant defence. Perhaps that’s a cliche of Italian managers but Conte was rumoured to be interested in several expensive defenders at the start of last season David Luiz joined the club for big money. He was also interested in Leonardo Bonucci and reports have surfaced in the latest new cycle that Chelsea are still keen.

British media outlet, the Sun, reports:

Antonio Conte still hopes to land £48million Leonardo Bonucci at Chelsea after spells together with Juventus and Italy

The 30-year-old Italian defender is a wonderful player who ticks all the boxes as a top Premier League defender.

He’s a genuine leader of the defence and could organise that Chelsea side even better than it is currently drilled.

But it’s not just his defending which catches the eye. Bonucci is a wonderful passer of the ball and can set up attacks almost effortlessly. He also offers attacking threat at the business end of the pitch and can score goals as his 21 in 319 appearances for Juventus suggests.

He’s been at Juventus since he moved from Bari seven seasons ago. And he’s also had a
great career at international level for Italy with five goals in 69 appearances for the Azzurri since his debut in 2010.

Some at Chelsea may question the wisdom of an expensive move for the player considering that he’s already 30 years of age. But he would give at least three top seasons to Chelsea and perhaps offer the platform for them to mount a serious challenge in Europe.