Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made Juventus centre back Leonardo Bonucci the Spanish club’s main transfer priority this summer, according to Don Balon.
The Spanish publication reports that with the departure of veteran Pepe this summer, the Champions League winners will be left with just three senior centre backs in Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Nacho, and Zidane wants Bonucci to bolster his defence for next season.
Chelsea and Manchester City have both been heavily linked with the Italian international in the past few months. In February, the 30 year old had a heated row with his manager Max Allegri on the pitch during Juve’s 4-1 win over Palermo.
Although things were patched up between the pair, it seems that clubs, including Chelsea, believe the defender may seek to leave the Bianconeri this summer. One of the mainstays of Juve’s and Italy’s defence under Antonio Conte, the Blues boss would almost certainly be keen on signing the centre half if he leaves Turin, but with Real entering the fray, it seems a long transfer battle could be shaping up.