English Premier League (EPL) clubs Manchester City and Chelsea are firmly interested to sign the famed Juventus center-back Leonardo Bonucci. Chelsea’s incoming coach and former Juventus ex-manager and current Italy national team coach Antonio Conte is believed to be a huge admirer of the defender and he wants the 29-year-old to replace the ageing John Terry at Stamford Bridge.
However, the Juventus hierarchy have told both the clubs sternly that the defender is not for sale. Both Manchester City and Chelsea has been warned off from approaching the player, according to CalcioMercato.com.
When Conte was managing the Old Lady, Bonucci was at the heart of his defense. Under Conte’s rule, the Italian declared himself as one of the best defenders in world football. His partnerships with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini at the back is something to boast for the Juventus fans. The trio has also been nicknamed as BBC, a spin on the famous attacking trio of Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
If Conte is interested in Bonucchi because of his previous association with the player, incoming Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola wants to bring the Italian because he is a huge fan of the defender. However, the most important factor which is stopping the player from making a move to the Premier League is his own wish of not leaving Italy.
Juventus is currently one of the best teams in world football, along the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Bonucci is happy in Turin and is winning regular league titles and fighting for the Champions League title. Hence, tempting him away from Juventus will be a huge ask for both City and Chelsea.
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