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.