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Chelsea to make record bid for Bonucci

Antonio Conte is desperate to add Leonardo Bonucci to his Chelsea revolution, and the Blues will make a world-record bid for the defender in January, according to The Telegraph.

The Juventus stalwart possesses the exact qualities Conte craves in his bid to overhaul his defence after lacklustre displays against Arsenal and Liverpool.

With the Bianconeri set for a run at the Champions League, the Blues will have to shatter the record fee paid for a defender, which is currently £50 million paid by PSG for David Luiz.

The report goes on to say that Chelsea are prepared to go up to £60m for the Italy international, who will turn 30 before the end of the season, showing their desperation to fix their defence.

Blues’ mega bid for Griezmann, Aubameyang or Morata

Chelsea have grander plans beyond a record bid for Bonucci though, with the same report detailing their plans to acquire a marquee signing up front as well.

The Blues will rekindle their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, should Karim Benzema continue to hold out the Spaniard for the starting role.

The story says the club are also monitoring Antoine Griezmann — with a £100m bid likely required to prize the French star away from Atletico Madrid — and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they begin plans to acquire a superstar talent.

Burnley motivated after Keane’s England call

Michael Keane benefited from a Glen Johnson injury to step into the England squad and the Mirror details how Burnley have grown restless with events and are desperate for him to pen a new deal as their star defender moves into the limelight.

Leicester had a £17m bid snubbed last summer and the report suggests that Chelsea’s interest in the former Manchester United starlet is growing as they foresee him as a candidate to be a long-term replacement for John Terry.

Sean Dyche is keen for the 23-year-old to extend his stay at Turf Moor as more suitors circle, with his contract having just two years remaining.

Guardiola desperate for new Fernandinho deal

Pep Guardiola is keen for Manchester City to hand Fernandinho a new deal after the Brazilian midfield general’s huge performances in the preliminary stages of his new beginning at the Etihad, according to the Mirror.

Fernandinho, who will turn 32 before the end of the season, is nonetheless in a position of power to negotiate a new deal, with his current contract expiring next summer.

Guardiola’s side are dependent on his combative qualities as the former Shakhtar star sews the team together with snappy, accurate passing from the base of City’s midfield. The player could start speaking to new clubs as early as January.

Tap-Ins

– Napoli rejected a bid of around €58 million from Chelsea for defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the final days of the transfer window, president Aurelio de Laurentiis has claimed.

– New Valencia manager Cesare Prandelli is ready to return to Serie A as he bids to bolster his squad with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Los Che could bid for Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo.

Montolivo’s deal runs to 2019 and Valencia are ready to bid €10m for the former Fiorentina maestro.

Leon Osman is set to sign for Bolton to end his spell as a free agent since his release from Everton this summer, according to The Sun.

Phil Parkinson is keen for the veteran midfielder to boost the Trotters’ promotion hopes after seven matches without a win.