Yahoo Sports claim that Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, tracked by both Chelsea and Manchester City last summer, will leave the club this summer if Massimiliano Allegri remains in charge of the Turin club. It’s expected that a world record bid for a defender would be required for a deal to be achieved.
The experienced central defender could be a ready made replacement for John Terry and whilst he may not have years ahead of him as he turns 30 next month, he would be a very high quality addition and could demand an exit after his feud with Allegri.
One of the key big signings of last summer was Michy Batshuayi, but the Daily Mail say that the Belgian is likely to head out on loan next season, with West Ham very keen on a deal, after failing to convince Antonio Conte and earning an average of 5 minutes 48 seconds per appearance in the Premier League this season with just 93 minutes across 16 appearances, with no starts to date.
That said, the 23-year-old has scored five goals in all competitions for the club and at times many have claimed that he should be given more of an opportunity than he has.
The same could be said of another player in the form of Nathan Ake. Ake’s former coach at Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Ron Kenter, has criticised the young defenders’ move back to Chelsea after enjoying a half-season spell on the south coast at Bournemouth. Kenter told Goal:
“For him, it’s okay. When a club wants you back, they take you back, they have faith in you. Although I think his time at Bournemouth was better for him because, at his age, you have to play regularly in the first team. He was playing well and scoring goals and working under a very good manager [Eddie Howe]. At Chelsea he is in the first team squad, but not a regular player. I understand why Chelsea do that, but talented players need time. Not only in the cup but in the league as well. Someday he has to make the national team, he must play.”
The 22-year-old made 10 appearances in the Premier League for the Cherries but is yet to make it off the bench under Antonio Conte, with his only two appearances coming in the FA Cup against Championship opposition in the form of Brentford and Wolves.