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Manchester giants join Chelsea in pursuit of Juventus defender

Both Manchester United and Manchester City have reportedly joined Chelsea in tracking Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci.

The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the strongest centre-halves in Europe with his displays for the Bianconeri and Azzurri respectively in recent years, with countless trophies added to his cabinet since moving to Turin in 2010.

Former boss Antonio Conte had previously been linked with making a move for him this summer ahead of his arrival at Chelsea after Euro 2016, but according to La Stampa, the two Manchester clubs are now also keen on signing the Italian international too.

Given his important to Juve, it is highly unlikely that the Serie A champions will even entertain offers as he remains an integral part of Massimiliano Allegri’s plans for the foreseeable future, but there is no denying that he would improve the English trio significantly with his presence.

The financial power of the Premier League giants could test Juve’s resolve depending on the level of their interest and the figures that they are willing to part with.

It also remains to be seen whether or not Bonucci would even be interested in leaving the Italian giants in favour of a move to England, as ultimately the club can offer him assurances of competing for trophies domestically each year and they have ambitious plans to become a leading contender in the Champions League next season.

Chelsea, United and City will all be going through rebuilding processes this summer with Conte, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola arriving at their respective clubs and overseeing big changes ahead of next season.

While it would be an exciting opportunity for Bonucci to be a part of all that, it’s difficult to envisage him contemplating an exit from Juve at this stage, particularly with both United and Chelsea missing out on a spot at Europe’s top table next year.

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