REVEALED: ANTONIO CONTE WANTS CHELSEA TO SIGN ANY OF THESE TWO CENTRAL DEFENDERS

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to boost Chelsea’s defensive options this summer and according to a report on The Telegraph, Conte has asked Chelsea to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci or Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

Chelsea hierarchy are reluctant to sign 30-year-old Bonucci for £50 million and would reportedly go for Southampton’s Van Dijk who is aged 25.

Chelsea have a long-standing policy of only handing out one-year contracts to players over the age of 30 who are already at the club and the board believes signing a younger Van Dijk would represent more value for money.

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Chelsea are monitoring Van Dijk’s situation at Southampton after the Saints reported Liverpool to the FA for tapping the defender and the Blues could make a move for the 25-year-old defender if he tells the Saints he no longer wants to play for them.

Southampton have a good relationship with Chelsea, having signed Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu in relatively uncomplicated deals and Chelsea hope the good relationship with Southampton would help the Blues sign Van Dijk.

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