Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants the club to get Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci in the next transfer window, according to reports.
The Russian is reportedly set to bankroll the deal in a bid to lure the Serie A giant to sell the player.
The Telegraph say Abramovich is keen on an overhaul of the Chelsea squad after the recent slump in performance. Chelsea missed out of the UEFA Champions League this term, and could miss out again with the current state of affairs at Stamford Bridge. Hence the extent the owner wants to go to restore the club’s pride.
Abramovich was at the Cobham training ground last week, with talks about how the club could turn their fate around. Bonucci is believed to be Conte’s dream signing for the defence, having worked with him at Juventus and the Italian national team. Abramovich is willing to break the world transfer record for a defender. A record held by Chelsea’s David Luiz when he moved away from The Blues to France. He moved for €50 million, but he returned last minute this summer for €30 million.
There are reports that Abramovich is willing to drop as much as €60 million for Bonucci who is widely believed to be the best central defender in the world. Juventus and Inter Milan officials met travelled to London but their motive remains unclear. Chelsea were heavily linked with a transfer for Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic and Juventus’ Bonucci. It is still unknown if their visit is connected to a possible move for the players in January.
Bonucci and Conte enjoy a great working relationship and have worked together for years. The move for the player could also result in an instant impact to change the fortunes of the club this term. Man city are also keen on adding the Italian to their set-up, but a Conte in the mix will favour Chelsea.