Three players Chelsea could sign from Serie A this summer
Here are three players that new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could attempt to sign from Serie A
Most England supporters will recognise the name Antonio Candreva following his dominant display against Roy Hodgson’s side in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup. Alongside Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, Candreva gave Leighton Baines a torrid 90 minutes in the rainforests of Brazil. The Italy international was thought to be on the brink of a move to Napoli but a deal has stalled which has led to speculation Chelsea could seize the opportunity to sign the 29-year-old. With the west London side struggling for width in recent seasons, Candreva could be the perfect solution on the right with Antonio Conte having a good knowledge of the player’s strengths.
Candreva’s Lazio team-mate Felipe Anderson is another player who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer. Previously touted as a target for Manchester United, a transfer to Old Trafford failed to materialise. Now, Conte is being linked with a summer swoop for the South American despite a drop in form over the duration of the 2015/16 season. With Eden Hazard and Oscar struggling under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink last season, Conte may want to inject some new life into his attacking options to complement new signing Michy Batshuayi. Anderson netted 10 times in 32 Serie A games during the 2014/15 season before his drop in performance level last term. This could work in Chelsea’s favour, though, and lower his reported £45m price tag.
Widely linked with a move to United amid talk of a world-record £100m bid, Chelsea’s interest has gone under the radar in recent weeks. This is peculiar particularly given Roman Abramovich’s deep pockets and Conte’s past relationship with the France international. The new Chelsea manager was responsible for giving an 19-year-old Paul Pogba a chance to prove his talent at Juventus after signing the midfielder in an £800,000 deal. In the intervening four years, Pogba has won four successive Serie A titles and is now one of Europe’s most highly-rated midfielders. Cesc Fabregas has been struggling with the workload in midfield and Nemanja Matic was a shadow of the player who starred in Chelsea’s most-recent title success throughout last term. Perhaps Conte can use his contacts and knowledge of Pogba to beat Mourinho to the summer’s marquee signing.