Leonardo Bonucci is expected to reject a move to Chelsea in favour of staying at Juventus, according to Tuttosport.
The Italy international has been linked to the Premier League champions for some time.
It is believed that manager Antonio Conte has identified Bonucci as the ideal replacement for John Terry, who has called an end to his 22-year association with Chelsea.
The defender has won all three domestic trophies with the club numerous times, but he is yet to triumph in the elite European competition.
It would be a hammer blow to the Blues to get snubbed by their reported top target, but there would be a decent alternative in Virgil van Dijk.
The Southampton centre-back has been a dominant figure in the transfer gossip pages, and Liverpool seemed to be the club leading the chase for his signature.
A spanner was thrown into the works when the Merseyside outfit publicly apologised and withdrew their interest after being accused of tapping up Van Dijk.
The Express claims that Southampton will demand no less than £70m for the 25-year-old, and even though that figure is steep, Van Dijk is one of just a few top defenders that could be persuaded to leave their clubs this summer.
Even though Bonucci is hugely experienced at the top level, Van Dijk understands the demands of the Premier League having played in the division for the past two years.