Serie A giant Juventus are considering a contract renewal offer for their start center-back Leonardo Bonucci. This is in order to fend off any interest on the player from Premier League giants Chelsea.
The Blues are reportedly extremely interested in signing the Italy international, given their vulnerabilities at the back. Manager Antonio Conte likes the player, given his past experience of managing Juventus and wants to bring Bonucci at Stamford Bridge, as reported by Football Italia.
The Old Lady however, will do anything to keep the player at the club, especially after rejecting high value requests from other clubs for the player over the recently concluded summer transfer window. Premier League club Manchester City offered millions in exchange for Bonucci this summer, but the Serie A champions maintained that they are not interested in selling.
Chelsea have suffered due to their defensive lapses over the entire course of last season. Despite the inclusion of Marcos Alonso and David Luiz over the summer, there has been no significant improvement. The absence of center-back John Terry has really hit the Blues hard and this has shown in their recent humiliations against the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.
Conte is not in favor of the current defenders Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic as well. As things stand, the duo could be involved in the mass defensive exodus the Italian is planning at the end of the season, as reported by Daily Mail.
Internal sources claim that both Juventus and Bonucci has had a meeting regarding the possible contract extension. If both the parties agree to a deal, then the 29-year-old will be contracted to the club until 2021 with an improved compensation of $5.6 million-a-year.
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