Transfer Focus: Chelsea set to bid for £38.25million-rated defender

According to reports in Italy, Antonio Conte is ready to raid his former club and bring experienced defender Leonardo Bonucci to Chelsea this summer.

What’s the Word?

In the article published by Tuttosport, Chelsea are ready to offer £48-million to prize on of Italy’s best defenders to Stamford Bridge.

Rumours of a rift between Juventus’ manager Massimo Allegri and Bonucci, who is valued at £38.25million on Transfermarkt, could mean that the veteran is tempted to leave Turin this summer.

How good was Bonucci last season?

Considered one of the most consistent defenders in Europe over a number of seasons, Leonardo Bonucci reaffirmed his qualities with yet another fantastic campaign in 2016/17. As part of the legendary trio of Juventus centre-backs, the 30-year-old helped the Old Lady to yet another Serie A title and an appearance in the Champions League final.

Bonucci played 45 times in all competitions for Juventus last season, contributing six goals and ensuring that his club conceded just 27 times in the league throughout the campaign.

Alonsgide Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, Bonucci has arguably become a key part of the most lauded defensive trio in world football.

Would Bonucci be a good fit for Chelsea?

Definitely…for three reasons in particular.

Firstly, Leonardo Bonucci has played under Antonio Conte during the latter’s time at Juventus. The 30-year-old defender was exceptional under the now Chelsea boss and would certainly thrive once again with Conte as his manager.

Secondly is the fact that Bonucci is perfectly adept at playing in the 3-5-2 system that Chelsea adopted to great effect last campaign.

Finally, the 30-year-old has a wealth of experience that will be welcome in the Chelsea back line after the departure of John Terry. The Italian will be able to use his many years in the game to assist in leading the team back into the Champions League.