Premier League champions Chelsea are looking to bring Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci to Stamford Bridge in the summer, according to the Sun.
The newspaper claims that the 30-year-old defender is rated at £48million and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes that the Italian is the perfect man to replace former skipper John Terry who decided to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Sun report that the Blues are willing to the offer the Italian defender a four-year contract worth £115,000-a-week as the club look to make the most out of the extra money earned from qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Chelsea will be buoyed by Bonucci’s comments in April when he admitted that he is intrigued with the English game for both the quality and desire shown on the pitch.
The Sun claims that Real Madrid and the two Manchester clubs are also interested in landing the defender this summer but Conte is confident that he can persuade Bonucci to Stamford Bridge as both men have previously worked together for club and country.
Conte managed the defender for three years whilst in charge at Juventus which was followed by a two-year spell as the Italy national team head coach.
The Italy international was an absolute colossus for Juventus last season, making a total of 45 appearances in all competitions and scoring five goals.
His impressive performances led the Serie A giants to a sixth consecutive league title and he also found himself on the scoresheet in the Italian Cup triumph against Lazio to secure a domestic double.