Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard (right) has scored two goals in seven league appearances for Chelsea this season Getty Images

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is ready to sell Eden Hazard to Juventus in order to bring centre-back Leonardo Bonucci to Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

The Sun says Conte has made signing the Italian defender his top priority after seeing his team leak goals in the early weeks of the season.

The paper claims the former Italy boss is willing to include Hazard, 25, as part of a swap deal in order to lower the transfer fee for Bonucci.

Chelsea were reported to be interested in signing Bonucci in a £48m deal in the summer as a long-term successor to John Terry.

Juventus have reportedly said they would be willing to sell Bonucci if Chelsea pay a world record transfer fee for a defender and include midfielder Cesc Fabregas in a swap deal.

Hazard was voted PFA player of the year in the 2014/15 season but struggled to replicate that form last campaign as Chelsea stumbled to a 10th place finish in the Premier League.

Conte is reported to be unconvinced of the Belgian forward's ability to deliver on a consistent basis.

However, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri would rather bring Fabregas to Turin as the midfielder is more suited to his system.

He reportedly views the Spain international as someone who can be a mainstay in the Juve midfield for years to come, in the wake of the departures of Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo in recent years.

Leonardo Bonucci
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29, has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City Getty Images

In September, Bonucci, 29, admitted that he was tempted by the possibility of moving to England.

"If I said that I wasn't tempted this summer by an offer from England, above all for the coach that wanted me, then that would be a lie," he was quoted as saying by Football Italia.

"But Juventus is my home and I am happy to have stayed. My dream was to win with this shirt and now I am here, ready to improve as a player and challenge myself to make this team legendary."