Chelsea eye £34m top European defender

Chelsea is keeping a close eye on Torino and Italy defender Alessandro Buongiorno, who has impressed as one of Serie A's top defenders this season. The Blues' scouting team has been monitoring his recent performances and plans to continue observing him during the festive period.


Buongiorno has been a regular starter for Italy, featuring in 14 games this season – 12 in Serie A and two in the Italian Cup. He has scored two goals and provided one assist. His solid performances have drawn interest from top European clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, and Roma, with Jose Mourinho publicly praising him.


While Torino received a £21.5 million offer from an Italian team two weeks ago, they rejected it, anticipating a higher bid from a Premier League side. The club is holding out for a £35 million figure. Buongiorno's contract runs until 2028, giving Torino no immediate pressure to sell.

The defender's importance to Torino's defense became evident in November when his absence for two weeks coincided with the team losing all three games. Chelsea values Buongiorno's versatility and ball-handling skills, considering him one of Serie A's most aggressive tacklers with an average of seven tackles per game – the third-highest in the league.


Despite his tackling prowess, he has received just one yellow card this term. Currently, Torino is in the 10th position in the table, four points away from a Europa Conference League spot. The club expects several offers in January, as many teams aim to reinforce their defense during the winter transfer window.

Luciano Spaletti, a significant admirer of Buongiorno, featured him in a crucial Euros qualifier against Ukraine, and he is expected to maintain that spot if his form continues.

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