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Chelsea round-up: £70million for Bundesliga star; Abramovich makes Conte offer; Bonucci addresses speculation

Sam Leveridge

With Chelsea not content to be leading the title race for this season, they are already setting their sights on improvements for the next campaign. The Express report that the club have made initial contact over a potential move for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, who the Bundesliga club have demanded £70 million for.

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The 27-year-old has scored six goals and set up seven in his 15 appearances this year as he continues to suffer from a number of injuries, but his quality is clear for all to see with his superb dribbling skills and vision from the left wing potentially offering an alternative up-front for the Blues.

However, Calciomercato report that the club must first tie down the services of Antonio Conte after reported interest from Inter Milan. They say that Roman Abramovich is preparing to offer the former Juventus manager a new contract to do so, with the Russian refusing to even entertain the idea of losing him.

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Conte has done superbly in his first year in London but has revealed that he is missing his family back in Italy, although he did deny claims that he has fallen out with the club’s owner. Now, it seems clear that Abramovich wants to secure a firm commitment from his manager for the future.

One of Conte’s top targets in the summer was believed to be Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, and it seems that the player has confirmed the rumours of a move as he told Premium Sport, as translated by Football Italia and Metro:

“I had offers. If I had wanted to leave, I would have made it happen. I was already studying English.”

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The 29-year-old was on the scoresheet for the Turin club this weekend as he continued in the side under Max Allegri despite a very public row between the pair. Bonucci could still leave the club in the summer, with the Italian clearly open to the idea of an exit from his home country.

Featured Image: All rights reserved by Guillermo Castro.

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