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Chelsea set to go head-to-head with PSG for AC Milan defender

Chelsea are set to compete with PSG for the signature of highly experienced AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci.

That is according to Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport, who report that Bonucci may become Maurizio Sarri’s first signing of Chelsea boss, if, and when, he is confirmed as the successor at Stamford Bridge to Antonio Conte, whose dismissal from his post has now been confirmed.

Bonucci who has 80 caps for Italy made his name as part of the legendary defensive line at Juventus and won six Serie A titles during his time with the Turin club. He only made the switch to Milan a year ago in a high profile transfer costing £37 million, but although he quashed rumours of a move away only last month, the Serie A club, who are beset by financial problems, and have been thrown out of this year’s Europa League as a result, may be prepared to listen to offers, especially as a fee for the 31-year old of £50 million, has been mooted.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.