Bookies make Chelsea favourites to sign Bonucci; could we finally see more Italians in England?

Italy's Leonardo Bonucci warms up before the match

With an ageing back-line, defence will surely be an area of concern for incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Italy's Leonardo Bonucci looking dejectedItaly and Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci is odds on to join Chelsea

BETVICTOR have slashed the odds on Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci moving to Chelsea, and make the Londoners 4/6 favourites for his signature.

The Sun have already reported that Bonucci has agreed terms on a contract offer from the Blues, after which they are expected to approach the Italian giants with a £32 million bid for the defender's services.

Italy's Leonardo Bonucci celebrates at the end of the matchItaly's Leonardo Bonucci celebrates at the end of the match

He would bring a certain level of class currently not present among the Chelsea ranks, and at the age of 29 he is entering the prime years for a defender.

With the Italians being notorious for their defensive pedigree, it begs the question, why do Premier League clubs not bring more Serie A defenders to England?

Bonucci's teammate for club and country Giorgio Chellini is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the world, with man-marking skills that are second to none, yet talk of him leaving the Turin club has never evolved past whispered rumours.

Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci (R) in action against AS Roma's Radja NainggolanBonucci's man-marking would be a terrific asset for Chelsea 

If Chelsea were to sign Bonucci, maybe other clubs could follow suit. With an Italian manager now at the helm of one of the Premier Leagues most powerful sides, maybe he will start an Italian revolution - one that the Premier League has waited far too long to see.

With the high quality of Italian football throughout the years, it is a strange statistic that they are only fifth on the list of representation in the Premier League among foreign nationalities. Only 66 Italians have played in England's top tier, while France have had 187 representatives.

Could Bonucci be the 67th name on that list? Chelsea fans will certainly hope so.

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci celebrate at the end of the game Bonucci has excelled for both club and country over the past few seasons

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