EPL : The players Antonio Conte wants to transform Chelsea this summer
The new Chelsea Manager would be looking to strengthen his new team after a disappointing season
The Italy manager has been appointed as Chelsea’s new manager after Euro 2016, signing a three-year contract worth £14.3m after tax. But which players will the 46-year-old look to bring in? Below is a list of players that Antonio Conte could possibly bring to Chelsea in the new season to strengthen his team
The Belgium international left Chelsea for Everton in a £28m deal just two years ago after growing frustrated over a lack of first-team opportunities but could be set for a sensational return. He is on Antonio Conte’s wishlist but the Blues will have to pay a minimum of £50m to prise the striker away from the Toffees.
Chelsea are closing in on Roma’s Belgian star in a £31million deal. Standard Sport revealed in March that Nainggolan was discussing a potential move to Stamford Bridge, but talks have moved on a stage this week to secure the Belgium midfielder.
The Juventus defender hugely admired by Conte, who he coached at Juventus between 2011-14 and has coached him for the past two years in the national team
The Inter Milan captain, still only 23, would be the younger striking option that Conte could favour alongside a more experienced man up front. Despite snubbing a move away from the Nerazzurri and signing a new deal at Inter last summer, the former Chelsea target could be encouraged to come to England with the prospect of a salary increase especially as Inter are struggling to secure Champions League football for next season.
The France international has been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs for some time now, but rejected a move away from Juventus last summer after saying it wasn’t the right time to depart. Only a big money move would tempt Juve to part with their prized asset and if Chelsea do not secure Champions League football for next season, a transfer for Pogba would prove difficult.
The Roma midfielder, famed for his fine free kicks similar to Chelsea’s Willian, has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the Italian press and indeed got the rumour mill going after favouriting a tweet containing a link to an article about why he would be perfect at Chelsea. Still only 25, Pjanic has time to develop although his time in Italy has proved he has already blossomed into a fine playmaker – the likes of which Chelsea will be keen on signing.
The Uruguay striker could be the experienced forward Conte is looking for, and will also be a viable option as PSG are thought to be ready to listen to offers for the 29-year-old. Cavani would arrive to Chelsea in good form too – he’s scored 17 goals in all competitions this season, including the winning strike against Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 first-leg in February.
Higuain has also attracted interest from Arsenal during recent months but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has always warned that interested parties will have to pay the striker’s £65.8m buyout clause to get hold of him.
Chelsea have made a fresh enquiry for Roma’s Kostas Manolas, who has been earmarked as a replacement for captain John Terry in the back four.It will be interesting to see if Chelsea will still push to sign him after they offered John Terry a year contract