Conte plotting £57m raid for Serie A duo – report

Leonardo Bonucci and Antonio Candreva: Linked with Chelsea

Antonio Conte wants to bring Italy stars Antonio Candreva and Leonardo Bonucci with him to Chelsea and will reportedly instruct his new club to launch a bid for the £57million-rated duo.

According to reports in Tuesday’s Sun, the incoming Chelsea boss wants the Euro 2016 stars to be part of his Stamford Bridge revolution, starting this summer.

Winger Candreva, 29, has reportedly told Lazio he wants to join Inter but Chelsea hope Conte will be able to beat Roberto Mancini to his signature for around £25m.

And a three-year deal for defender Bonucci, worth around £130,000 a week, has been accepted by the player and his agents.

The Blues will now make an improved offer to Juventus totalling £32m which they hope will seal the transfer.

Bonucci, 29, has been in outstanding form for Italy in France and Chelsea want him to anchor Conte’s three-man defence at Stamford Bridge alongside Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma. The Blues are prepared to pay Juve £25m up front with another £7m in add-ons to beat off interest from Manchester United and their former boss Jose Mourinho.

Candreva has 40 caps and four goals for Italy but suffered a hamstring injury in the Azzuri’s 1-0 win over Sweden on Friday.
He has heaps of experience and can play either as a winger or in midfield.

Conte rates him very highly and has made Candreva a regular starter during his two-year reign as Italy boss.