Man City and Chelsea resurrect summer interest in Italian defender

Manchester City and Chelsea are set to resurrect their interest in Leonardo Bonucci having failed to land him in the summer.

Bonucci was actually one of the shock movers in the summer transfer window, making a €42m transfer from Serie A Champions Juventus to big spending AC Milan. However, since his arrival at the San Siro, Bonucci hasn’t had a great time of it, with the Rossonieri only winning seven of their 17 games. They have lost a further seven games and a achieved a goal difference of -1, leaving them struggling in 8th place, 18 points behind surprise leaders Napoli.

With Champions League qualification looking highly unlikely, reports in Italy have suggested that Bonucci is not happy and wants to make a quick exit, news which has once again alerted Premier League giants Manchester City and Chelsea.

Both Premier League clubs were reportedly interested in signing the Italian last summer, as both sides looked to strengthen their central defences. As it turned out, neither side really managed it with City only signing full backs, while Chelsea signed Antonio Rudiger, but lost John Terry and Kurt Zouma in the process.

Both sides are once again being linked with a whole host of defenders, especially the expensive Virgil van Dijk, while Manchester City have also been linked with Jonny Evans and James Tarkowski of West Brom and Burnley respectively.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is of course no stranger to Bonucci of course, having worked with the 30-year-old during his time as Juventus and then Italian national team head coach.

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