Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is plotting an astonishing £57 million double swoop for Italy stars Antonio Candreva and Leonardo Bonucci.
The Sun reports that Conte wants the Euro 2016 aces to be part of his Stamford Bridge revolution, starting this summer, when he quits his role as the Italy coach and joins Chelsea.
Winger Candreva, 29, has reportedly told Lazio he wants to join Inter but Chelsea hope Conte will be able to beat Roberto Mancini to his signature for around £25m.
And a three-year deal for defender Bonucci, worth around £130,000 a week, has been accepted by the player and his agents.
The Blues will now make an improved offer to Juventus totalling £32m which they hope will seal the transfer.
Bonucci, 29, has been in outstanding form for Italy in France and Chelsea want him to anchor Conte’s three-man defence at Stamford Bridge alongside Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma. The Blues are prepared to pay Juve £25m up front with another £7m in add-ons to beat off interest from Manchester United and their former boss Jose Mourinho.
Candreva has 40 caps and four goals for Italy but suffered a hamstring injury in the Azzuri’s 1-0 win over Sweden on Friday.
He has heaps of experience and can play either as a winger or in midfield.
Conte rates him very highly and has made Candreva a regular starter during his two-year reign as Italy boss.