World-class centre-backs are getting more and more rare as the seasons pass and the beautiful game shifts into a new phase, so any reports that align clubs with one of the few there are cause genuine excitement, which means Chelsea and Manchester City fans here in the Transfer Tavern are thrilled with links between their teams and Leonardo Bonucci.
Yahoo Sport have revealed that the 29-year-old is prepared to leave Juventus this summer after a fall-out with his manager Max Allegri and that both Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola are keen to build their defences around him.
It’s understood that he’s likely to command a record fee for a defensive player, which would exceed the £47.5m John Stones cost Man City last year.
Yahoo Sport also suggest that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on Bonucci, who has won five successive Serie A titles with Juve and been capped 67 times at senior international level by Italy.
Chelsea may hold an advantage over their rivals with Conte having coached the experienced enforcer during his time in Turin.
Chelsea are the ideal next club for Leonardo Bonucci – agree?