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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has hinted he could move to the Premier League this summer with Chelsea.
The 28-year-old is being linked with a transfer to the Premier League, as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his squad, when he arrives in London this summer.
Bonucci was managed by the current Italy boss during Conte’s time as Juve manager, and the Italian has denied he will stay with the Serie A club this summer.
“I haven’t said anything yet, the question hasn’t been asked so I can’t say either yes or no.”
Juventus have said that the player will have to submit a transfer request, in order for a move to go through, as they don’t want to let go of the £25 million-rated centre-back.
However, Juve are keen to keep ahold of Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, who is on loan from the Blues this season, and could use Chelsea’s interest in Bonucci as a way of securing a deal for the winger. The Italian only having signed a new five-year deal with Juve last summer.
A decision over the Colombian’s future at Stamford Bridge is set to be discussed soon, with Conte yet to make a decision on the player’s future, with more pressing issues for the 46-year-old, as of present, with Italy’s European Championship campaign moving ever closer.
“It will be a complicated deal. Juan has been important to us, but he is only on loan. Chelsea are well stocked in his position, though, so we will try to make a deal.” Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta admitted.
The Blues are also interested in another Serie A centre-back, in AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas, but have yet to agree on a fee for the 24-year-old.