Chelsea are thought to be readying a €70million double bid for a Serie A duo as they look to make their first serious signing under new manager Antonio Conte.
The new Chelsea boss is currently in charge of an Italy side that are performing above expectations at Euro 2016 and he is keen to take two Italians with him to London, according to reports.
The two players he wants to sign are allegedly Leonardo Bonucci and Antonio Candreva. They say Chelsea have proposed a €40million bid for Juventus defender Bonucci and a €30million bid for Lazio’s Candreva.
Italian media outlet Football Italia cite The Sun as their source, so the reputability of this story can and will rightly be called into question. There is no doubt that Conte rates the pair highly as they regularly feature in his starting eleven.
29-year-old Bonucci is no doubt one of the best central defenders in Europe and he is also wanted by Manchester United.
Bonucci has been a rock in Juventus’ success and has been at the heart of the team for many seasons. Bonucci has been with the club since 2010 after his arrival from Bari, he has gone on to play 198 games for the club scoring 12 goals. Bonucci has also represented Italy 59 times scoring three goals. He appears to be very loyal to Juventus so it would be a surprise if he were to jump ship at this stage in his career.
Candreva is another experienced presence, aged 29 the Italian is primarily a right winger, although he is a very versatile midfielder. His goalscoring ability certainly makes him an attractive option for Conte with his 10 goals and 3 assists in 30 Serie A game standing out.
Should Candreva arrive at Chelsea, it is likely Pedro will depart. We had a look at how the two compared and whether or not Candreva would be much of an improvement. In terms of goals, it is the Italian who leads the way with an impressive 0.41 scored per 90 minutes. Pedro is also impressive in this department, but not quite so much (0.31). In terms of key passes, the Spaniard typically edges it with 1.77, whilst Candreva manages 1.35. Pedro is also quite far ahead in terms of successful take ons, he scores 2.3 here, in contrast to Candreva’s 1.4. Pedro is marginally more refined in terms of pass completion too, with 84% of his passes meeting his intended target, Candreva manages 81%.
There doesn’t appear to be much of a difference in quality between the two players but with Pedro seemingly homesick and Conte a big fan of Candreva’s this move could certainly happen.
Whilst a move for Bonucci still seems over-ambitious, despite Conte’s arrival, a deal for Candreva is much more likely to happen this summer. Stay tuned to Fresh Football for all of the deals as they happen.