Chelsea will make a summer swoop for Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci if Antonio Conte is appointed the club’s manager later this year, according to Tuttomercatoweb (via the Daily Express).
The defending Premier League champions, who currently sit tenth in the league standings following their 1-1 draw against Stoke City last weekend, want the Juventus centre-half to fill the void that will be left by captain John Terry come the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
The 28-year-old, who has 53 international caps for his country, has scored two goals and provided one assist in 40 appearances in all competitions for the defending Serie A champions this season.
Bonucci, who is valued at around £23m, is also said to be attracting interest from Manchester City and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich too.
But with current Italy boss and former Juve coach Conte set to become the Blues new manager this summer, in a deal worth £18m on a three-year contract, Chelsea will be favourites to land the Italy centre-half ahead of any other potential suitors.
Meanwhile current Blues skipper Terry’s deal runs out at the end of the season, with the 35-year-old having already been told that he will not be offered a new deal.