Juventus will give Leonardo Bonucci with new £100,000 a week contract
Juventus have opened talks with Leonardo Bonucci over a new contract in a bid to stave off January interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Italy international defender is a target for both Premier League sides as they consider strengthening their options, however, any prospective move to England will depend on Bonucci’s family situation.
Bonucci, a key figure for coach Antonio Conte during Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign, has been keen to stay in Italy as his two-year old son Matteo has been seriously ill and underwent surgery in July.
Leonardo Bonucci is a sought-after defender with both Manchester City and Chelsea on alert Chelsea boss Antonio Conte worked with the defender during his time at Juventus and Italy.
The 29-year-old defender spoke emotionally at Italy’s press conference ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Spain, saying: ‘What happened made me stronger.
‘I want to thank my son and my wife because we have faced a difficult time and we will continue fighting it.’ Bonucci is under contract with Juventus until 2020 but they have offered an extension with improved terms worth around £100,000 a week.
Chelsea and City courted the player and his representatives in the summer.
They can double the offer from Juventus and pay a substantial fee but Bonucci’s family and particularly son Matteo’s recovery will be paramount to any decision.
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