Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has the sign-off from owner Roman Abramovich to bring Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci to Stamford Bridge in January, with The Telegraph stating that the Russian is willing to spend £60 million on the world-class defender.

The Italian trainer was vocal in his desire to reinforce the West London outfit’s rearguard over the summer and opted to bring David Luiz back to the Premier League club.

However, with some questionable defensive performances against Liverpool and Arsenal of late, Conte looks likely to switch to three at the back permanently.

This could well lead the Premier League side to dip into the transfer market and the former Juve trainer is said to be ready to raid his old club.

Bonucci is regarded as one of the best centre-halves in the world game and has been an essential member of the Turin outfit’s massively successful side over the last five years.

The report suggests that Chelsea are ready to make the Italy international the world’s most-expensive defender and that Abramovich has sanctioned an offer in the region of £60 million.

The Premier League side already have the likes of Gary Cahill, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma and Luiz on their books, while Cesar Azpilicueta also played centrally recently against Hull City.


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