Chelsea handed huge boost in pursuit of £35million Antonio Conte favourite

Chelsea may have been handed a major boost in their transfer pursuit of AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci if latest reports in Spain are anything to go by.

The Italy international’s future looks to be in some doubt at the moment after a tough start to life at the San Siro, with Don Balon recently linking him with a move to Chelsea.

Their report suggested Antonio Conte was eager for club owner Roman Abramovich to come up with the cash for Bonucci, who shone for him during his stints as manager of both Juventus and the Italian national team.

It seems clear that Conte is a big admirer of the centre-back and keen to work with him again, and the latest from Don Balon suggests Real Madrid will not stand in their way.

The Spanish source claims Real do not see Bonucci as being good value for money at his age, with Goal recently suggesting he’d cost around £35million.

Chelsea could do with new signings at the back this January after David Luiz’s recent exile from the first-team, and with the Blues not doing as well as they did last season.

Andreas Christensen’s form has been a boost, but Bonucci would surely be an upgrade on the likes of Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger in that back three.

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