Rumours circulating about Leonardo Bonucci’s move to Chelsea have been growing in stature as the months go on. The Juventus centre-back is apparently keen on moving if current boss Massimiliano Allegri stays. After a touchline bust-up between the pair, Yahoo Sports have reported that the Italian giant’s former manager, Antonio Conte, could make a move for Bonucci.
How likely is this transfer?
Manchester City tried to make a move for Leonardo Bonucci last summer but failed in their attempts and instead turned their attention towards John Stones. The Italian is an integral part in Juventus’ side and forms one of the impressive back three alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.
Bonucci was recently excluded from Juventus’ Champions League squad in their Round of 16 trip to Porto for the argument he had with Allegri after being substituted.
He has since cleared up the disagreement by taking his teammates out for dinner and seems to also be at ease with Allegri. Bonucci signed a new contract with the Italian Champions in December and has said on record that he wishes to fulfil the terms agreed, according to Yahoo Sports.
A move away seems unlikely, but reports that he will leave if Allegri stays at Juventus have appeared recently and a reunion with Conte could happen in the summer. The Blues would have money to spend, after their imminent title success and subsequent return to the Champions League, and would be able to meet the Italian outfit’s world record demands.
What would Leonardo Bonucci bring to Chelsea?
Having played under Conte, Bonucci already has a connection with the Chelsea boss and understands what would be expected of him. The Italian formed a key part of Conte’s Juve side and developed into the player he is now, under him.
One other thing that suits Bonucci is Chelsea’s use of the 3-4-3 system. Juventus have operated a three-back formation for years now and Bonucci has found himself to be one of the best when playing in it. His ball-playing skills and positioning allow him to play a part both defensively and offensively.
With David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta also able to pass the ball progressively, Bonucci would likely replace the ageing Gary Cahill and the Italian would provide an equivalent amount of experience to that of what John Terry gives Chelsea currently, should the Englishman leave in the summer.
For an expected world-record fee paid for a defender, a lot would be expected of Bonucci, but the composed Italian is more than capable of performing in the Premier League.
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