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Chelsea agree personal terms with Leonardo Bonucci — report

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First, a necessary warning before you get all excited: this one's from The Sun.  And it's exclusive!  But if Bonucci, by some happenstance does become a Chelsea player before the end of the summer, we will be able to look back on this day as the beginning of that miraculous process.

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.


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.

-source: The Sun

The wages claimed sound fairly reasonable for the 29-year-old, but the details around the transfer fee don't quite mesh with earlier rumors, which claimed that Juventus have already rejected a €50m (£40m) bid from Chelsea and are holding out for at least €60m (£46m).  There's no doubt that Bonucci is very good, but is he €60m-good?

But everything else we've heard around this potential transfer is that it's a non-starter, so I doubt we'll ever have to actually ask that question.  Still, if you're holding out hope against all odds to see Bonucci in a Chelsea shirt, all this is fantastic news.

* The 'And' refers to Antonio Candreva, but there's nothing there that we hadn't heard before.