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Leonardo Bonucci is set to remain in Italy next season as the 30-year-old defender has agreed to join AC Milan, according to reports in The Sun.

After working with Antonio Conte at international and club level, the no-nonsense defender, as per the Telegraph, was a target for Chelsea, where he would occupy one of the three centre-back roles.

However, as the Mirror report, following a £50 million transfer demand from Juventus, the Blues were put off making a bid for the defender.

Chelsea’s unwillingness to loosen their purse strings has allowed AC Milan to steal a move on the Premier League club who, according to The Sun, are offering the Italy defender wages of £110,000 a week.

The same publication writes that Manchester City were also keen on Bonucci. However, like the Premier League champions, Pep Guardiola has been discouraged by the defender’s huge price tag.

Although Conte will be disappointed by the fact that his former player has decided to remain in Italy, the Italian coach will be encouraged by the arrival of Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma.

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