Chelsea’s Italian contingent must convince Daniele Rugani to leave Juventus for Stamford Bridge

Despite Chelsea’s hot start this season, there are very clearly some cracks in Maurizio Sarri’s defence.

Marcos Alonso has been the best left-back in the Premier League going forward, but leaves gaping holes at the back.

David Luiz… well he’s David Luiz. The Brazilian is excellent on the ball but when it comes to defending, he leaves a lot to be desired.

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And although there was reported interest during the summer, Sarri didn’t sign any defenders.

One particular name just didn’t go away last summer: Daniele Rugani.

Rugani joined Juventus in 2012 from Empoli but has never been a first choice centre-back at the Italian giants.

A player whose obvious talent has been recognised, Rugani has always been behind players like Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Mehdi Benatia.

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Now 24 years old, playing first team football should be a priority for the Italy international.

Rugani is confident on the ball but also possesses that Italian defensive steel that Sarri is craving.

The Italian contingent at Chelsea – Jorginho, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmieri – could convince Rugani to move to West London.

They’re all part of Roberto Mancini’s first squad as Italy manager to face Poland and Portugal.

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And if Sarri wants to fix his defensive ailments, he should be encouraging his fellow Italians to insist that Rugani switch the Old Lady for the Blues.