FC Barcelona: What About Giorgio Chiellini?

The solution to Barcelona's defensive woes? - Claudio Villa

Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Real Madrid are contemplating a €22 million bid for Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini; and if the rumours are true, then why aren't Barcelona preparing an offer for his services?

In the past 24 hours, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid are preparing a €22 million bid for Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini as a replacement for Pepe; and at such an affordable price, shouldn't FC Barcelona be interested in signing the Juventus centre-half? A three time Serie A Defender of the Year, Giorgio Chiellini is relatively tall, fairly athletic and left-footed -- but best of all, he has just two years remaining on his reported €3 million a year deal in Turin. While he remains an incredibly important member of Antonio Conte's squad, Chiellini is surely a more "realistic" target than David Luiz, or Thiago Silva for that matter?

As a member of the Serie A's best defense, Chiellini has played an integral part in Juventus' two previous Serie A titles, although with just two years remaining on his current contract it is understood that Chiellini may be open to a move, even if Juventus are not keen on losing one of their best players. Of course, the story in the Gazzetta may have been planted -- Real Madrid might not be interested after all, and this could be merely a ploy to guarantee a new contract -- but if there is any semblance of truth in the story, one has to hope that Barcelona are at least considering a move.

Even at 28 years of age, Chiellini would represent good value for money and given his skill-set he just might be the player that we've been looking for.

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