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Chelsea set to make £40m move for Bonucci to bolster Euro quest

By Luke Brown

Chelsea are preparing to make a £40m summer move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. The Italian centre-back, who moved to Juventus from Bari in 2010, is regarded as one of the world's finest defenders and would boost fellow countryman Antonio Conte's bid for Champions League glory next season.

The 29-year-old has represented Italy 67 times and has won a clutch of individual awards in a glittering career, including last year's Serie A Footballer of the Year Award.

However Bonucci's stock at the Juventus Stadium has since fallen. And after a recent league match against Palermo, Bonucci became embroiled in a heated argument over Massimiliano Allegri's choice of substitutions, sprinting off down the tunnel upon the final whistle.

Allegri announced that the defender would be punished for his actions and he was left in the stands during the 2-0 away win in the Champions League against Porto.

Bonucci is valued at £42m and should Chelsea table such an offer, the club would find it very difficult to turn down.

Chelsea have been revolutionised since switching to a back three in October, but have benefited from Gary Cahill, David Luiz and César Azpilicueta all remaining fit.

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