Conte Targets Six New Players Next Season

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte is already thinking of how to defend their title next season following reports that he is keen on adding six new players to the team.

The former Juventus and Italy national team coach has identified his targets earlier than scheduled so that the new buys will have time to blend with the team as the Blues is set for re-structuring and re-building before the commencement of next season.

Conte has Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk as his primary target as an ideal replacement for the outing going John Terry and Kurt Zouma is believed to go on loan for more minutes of matches to be able to gain his match fitness and sharpness.

Conte also emphasized on the need of a striker though this depends on the future of the combative Diego Costa, the Spanish has been in the news in recent weeks and rumoured to have agreed on a deal with a Chinese Super League team.

Speculation has it that Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata or Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is the ideal replacement for the Spanish forward in the event he leaves for China.

Aside from being in look for a striker, the coach will also like to add a roaming forward who will roam behind the main striker.

The coach will also be in look for a left-sided central defender, a central midfielder and a backup goalkeeper given Asmir Begovic’s departure in pursuit of regular first team football.

While the club is still discussing some positions, clear options have already emerged for particularly important roles.

Chelsea will also offload some players to balance the books, they are likely to consider the offer from Manchester united to sign Willian as Jose Mourinho remains huge fan of the Brazilian.

The Blues will be all out this summer to keep their most valued player Eden Hazard this season as Real Madrid will want to tempt the Belgian to Santiago Bernabeu.

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