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Confusion over future of £40m Chelsea target as Conte prepares to swoop

Chelsea will be monitoring Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci’s future closely amid speculation that they are keen to sign him this summer.

As reported by The Independent earlier this week, the Premier League leaders are keen to sign the £40m Italian international, as his future in Turin was questioned last month following a bust-up with Massimiliano Allegri.

Although the pair seem to have put that incident behind them, with Bonucci returning to the team after being dropped from the squad to face Porto in the Champions League, there are still doubts over the 29-year-old’s future with the Bianconeri.

The confusion stems from the fact that the club have insisted that it depends on the player as to whether or not there is a will to continue at Juve and in turn he will snub interest from elsewhere.

In contrast, Bonucci has stated that he belongs to the Turin giants and so they will decide whether or not he is sold this summer, as noted by Calciomercato.

It feels as though something isn’t quite right between the two parties, but make no mistake about it, Bonucci remains a pivotal figure in their success and in an ideal world Juve will keep him and rely on him to lead them to further silverware.

Nevertheless, with Daniele Rugani coming through the youth ranks and having signed Mattia Caldara from Atalanta, it seems as though Juve are making plans for the future and have replacements ready.

Saying that though, that doesn’t give Bonucci the credit that he deserves and with plenty of football left in him at the top level, Juve will hope to move forward with him in the heart of their defence still.

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