Chelsea and Manchester City have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Leonardo Bonucci after the defender’s agent confirmed talks about leaving Juventus are under way.
On Wednesday evening, several reports in Italy claimed that AC Milan had made an approach to sign the 30-year-old, while Tuttosport claimed on Thursday that Inter are also in the race.
But the Premier League champions and City both have a long-standing interest in the centre-back, and it’s been claimed that Antonio Conte has already asked Chelsea’s board to sign the player this summer.
It now appears Bonucci has been allowed to leave Juventus after the defender’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, told Sportitalia on Thursday evening: ‘We’re working on a sale.’
Pep Guardiola has made Bonucci one of his primary targets for the summer window but Conte may have the edge over City having already worked with the player at Juventus and Italy’s national team.
Juventus, however, are able to command a high asking price as Bonucci only signed a new contract in December which keeps him at the club until 2021.
It’s believed that a bid of at least £50m will be required to persuade Juventus to sell.