Leonardo Bonucci Transfer Rumours
Leonardo Bonucci transfer to Chelsea rumours?
Are the rumors true?
Rumors broke out early last year that Antonio Conte would be moving to Chelsea as the new club manager, the question on many people’s lips was whether Leonardo would be accompanying him to the club. This, of course, would have been the ideal case scenario because signing the Italian would have been a dream come true. So his move was in fact just a rumor. He vehemently denied this saying that he would not even reconsider a transfer. He made it clear that he would renew his membership with his club, Juventus. He confessed to having been tempted by an offer from Manchester City manager Guardiola but declined because as he says, he listened to his heart. So his move was in fact just a rumor.
More rumors are going around that during the January transfer window, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic was preparing a 60 million pound bid for the 29-year-old defender. This is a huge amount, in fact, the highest amount in the world to be paid for a center-back. Back in the year 2014, a record €50 million had been paid to Chelsea by Paris Saint-German for David Luiz. His current football team has already engineered talks with him aimed at getting him to stay. This, in turn, will dissuade all other clubs that might be interested in the player. In other words, this move targets Chelsea and Manchester City.
Reasons why he won’t transfer
Bonucci’s contract with Juventus extends to the year 2020, but the club is seeking to extend this period by improving their contractual terms with the footballer. He is set to earn a record €100,000 on a weekly basis. Chelsea and Manchester City have been trying to entice the defender and his team. They offered to pay twice as much as Juventus was willing to pay but he declined. The two clubs were seeking to strengthen their already weak defense. Having failed to sign him, they finally resulted in buying back David Luiz. He maintains that he will decide his next move with the best interests of his young family at heart. The footballer has a 2-year-old son, Matteo, who has been unwell for some time and had undergone surgery mid this year. As his little one is still on the road to recovery, he will not be seeking to move his family at such a critical time.
Aside from the fact that Juventus do not wish to sell him, Chelsea also has to accept the fact that he is not willing to move. He still remains the best candidate to take the place of Terry in Chelsea’s defense, and he would be the perfect choice to provide the kind of leadership seriously needed in Stanford Bridge.
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