Chelsea’s defensive problems in the last couple have been so painfully obvious for everyone to see and have naturally caused our current defenders to be questioned and consequently caused a couple of new/old defender rumours. And the biggest rumour of all right now is that of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. You can use Free Bets at Free Super Tips to have a punt on him being a Chelsea player in the new year joining up with fellow Italian and ex manager Antonio Conte.
The whole thing started at the beginning of the week, when it was claimed that our ever passionate owner was ready to back Antonio Conte financially in a bid to steer the Chelsea ship back to safety. That backing was supposed to be in the shape of a record transfer to bring Bonucci to southwest London. And now, our impeccably trustworthy friends at The Sun have this to say on the matter in a very exciting exclusive:
“Juventus will allow Leonardo Bonucci to join Chelsea for Cesc Fabregas and world record £50million fee for a defender”
Now before I comment on the silliness of this rumour, I would like to point out that if we add up the 50 million Pound cash sum and the current valuation of our Cesc Fabregas (around £40 million) and it would make this transfer even bigger than what the Black and Whites got for selling Paul Pogba this summer- and bigger than transfer in history of the game, for that matter.
Given the source and the figures quoted, it really goes without saying that this rumour is simply nonsense but I will nonetheless state facts debunking it anyway because it is really fun. First and foremost, we’ve already signed an expensive center back this summer in the name of David Luiz, after it became obvious that Juve were not selling their big man any time soon, so we’re no longer short on immediate options.
Moreover, we already have Kurt Zouma coming back from injury and Andreas Christensen returning from his two-year learning spell in Germany and both players will need time on the pitch to develop and hone their skills as we hopefully build our back-line for the next ten years around them both.
It could be mentioned that Chelsea and Conte might want to play with three at the back, and Bonacci would be useful there, but it should also be pointed out that we still have Azpilicueta, who could do the job at RCB, so there isn’t much room for Bonacci to be fit into the team.
The timing could have been perfect this summer, if a deal had materialised. But the signing of Luiz should mean that our pursuit of any more center backs should stop and our focus turn to the development of our two exceptionally talented defenders and solving other problem positions in our squad.
But of course, stranger things than this deal have happened in the past and who knows, maybe this rumour will turn out to be true. As of now, it is looking highly unlikely.