Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has identified Leonardo Bonucci as his number one target, despite Juventus insisting the defender is not for sale.
Chelsea have already had an offer for Juventus defender Alex Sandro turned down by the Turin side, but Leonardo Bonucci could also be on his way out of the club after falling out with manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Calcio Mercato have reported that Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Alex Sandro and Leonardo Bonucci, despite interest from Manchester City in the Juventus duo.
Italian centre-back Bonucci has moved from strength to strength throughout his career, with the 30-year-old proving a key figure in the Juventus defence since his move from Bari in 2010.
Bonucci has a contract with Juventus until 2021, signing his last extension in December last year.
Since then, however, Bonucci has fallen out with Allegri and Argentine forward Paulo Dybala after the Italian was seen having a heated argument with Dybala at half-time in the Champions League final.
Leonardo Bonucci on rumours he slapped Dybala: “None of what was written, talked about or reconstructed is true. There was no argument.” pic.twitter.com/AnPiDzZzJf
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Chelsea are making a clear statement in their pursuit of the Juventus duo. Antonio Conte will be keen to reinforce his squad and ascertain a level of dominance that he had during his time as manager of the Old Lady.
Chelsea are also expected to complete the signing of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and French midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko ahead of what is sure to be a busy summer for the Premier League champions.
Chelsea are also heavily linked with Ajax sensation Daishawn Redan, with a deal for the 16-year-old reportedly already complete.