Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is close to agreeing a new deal to stay at the Bianconeri in what will be a setback for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, according to Goal.com.
The 33 year old’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and the Blues were said to be hopeful of picking up the player on a free transfer, but it seems as though the centre half will be remaining in Turin.
Chiellini worked with Conte for three seasons between 2011 and 2014 at Juve, and the Chelsea boss is said to be a huge admirer of the Italian international’s talents.
The Blues have tried to sign two of Chiellini’s team mates, Alex Sandro and Leonardo Bonucci (now of Milan), in the past but it seems likely it will be third time unlucky for Conte.
Chiellini is expected to sign a two year contract extension to stay at the Serie A club until 2020.