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Chelsea target Bonucci to be offered new Juventus contract


The defender was a summer target for both Manchester City and Chelsea after an impressive showing at Euro 2016

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been dealt a further blow in his long-term pursuit of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.

The 29-year-old was wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester City this summer, but the Italy international snubbed a move to the Premier League in preference of staying with the Serie A champions.

And any attempts that Conte makes in either the winter transfer window or the summer could be scuppered by news that Juventus are ready to offer the Italian fresh terms which will also include a significant pay rise.

Neither Juve or Bonucci want to part ways, despite Chelsea being ready to table a £50 million bid, after the defender signed a new deal last summer which will keep him at the club until 2020.

The Old Lady’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta revealed they want to offer the Chelsea and City target, plus striker Pablo Dybala new deals, saying: “The renewals of Dybala and Bonucci – they are two players that have long contracts.

“[But] we are talking with them to see them [extend] again, because it is the players’ performance in the team, and because it is right to also adapt them according to the balance within the squad and their place in it.”

Conte has previously worked with Bonucci at both club and international level; firstly with Juventus and then Italy.


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