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Reported player decision could lead Chelsea to make move for proven defender this summer

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are keen for their side to sign a new defender this summer…

With the impending departure of John Terry, the Blues are certainly in need of a bit movement at the back, and according to the Evening Standard, Antonio Conte could look towards an old favourite as a result. The Evening Standard are reporting that Chelsea are considering making another bid for Leonardo Bonucci this summer, with Virgil van Dijk’s reported decision to move to Anfield this summer leaving Chelsea out in the cold.

Clearly, Virgil van Dijk was Chelsea’s primary target this summer – with the proven quality of the Premier League defender evidently interesting Conte. That being said, though, for many in the Transfer Tavern, Bonucci is the superior player, and so they aren’t too upset about this.

Granted, Bonucci is 30-years-old and would be a short-term solution for Chelsea, but the quality that he will bring to the Blues’ first team will be vital. Strong, agile and no-nonsense, he could be exactly what Antonio Conte is looking for this summer. With the departure of John Terry, whose¬†main attribute over the last year has been his experience, moving for a veteran like Bonucci wouldn’t be a bad idea. Conte has also managed him before for Italy and Juventus, and so the pair already have a relationship.

That being said, our landlord doesn’t think it would be a disaster if Chelsea were to miss out on a new central defender entirely. The return of Andreas Christensen from a two-year loan spell in Germany, combined with Nathan Ake’s return earlier this year, means that the Blues have lots of options at the back – and Conte could look to utilise his young players.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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