Antonio Conte eyes £48m reunion, Chelsea boss refuses to give up on game-changing signing

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is still reportedly keen on signing Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus, securing a third stint working together.

The 30-year-old is undoubtedly one of the top defenders in Europe, and Conte will know all about him having worked with him at Juventus and Italy previously.

Although he remains a fundamental figure for the Bianconeri, Bonucci could begin to consider a fresh challenge at some point having won the domestic double in Italy again this year, only for the season to end in disappointment with defeat in the Champions League final.

According to The Sun, Conte could be eyeing a third spell together as Chelsea are ready to offer £48m for the defensive stalwart, while a four-year deal worth around £115,000-a-week is said to be on the table.

Time will tell whether or not Bonucci is keen on the move, but there is no doubt that he would be a massively important addition for Chelsea if he opted to move to Stamford Bridge.

His defensive solidity coupled with his technical skill on the ball and ability to build out from the back as well as his leadership and consistency all make him an ideal signing for Conte.

Further, with John Terry leaving and quality needed at the highest level, making Bonucci the focal point of the backline would be a very sensible move, while he may well embrace the challenge of starting afresh abroad.

As impressively added by the Sun, Juve have got several younger options at the back with Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara tipped to be their central defensive partnership moving forward, and time will tell whether or not that plan will be brought forward if they lose someone like Bonucci.

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