Chelsea to start summer spending by signing 22-year-old – report

Chelsea want to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this summer, according to reports

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Chelsea want to begin their summer spending spree by signing Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to reports.

ESPN FC are reporting that the Blues are keen to bring the 22-year-old to bolster their defensive options ahead of Antonio Conte’s second season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The same report says Manchester City are also interested in signing France international Laporte this summer.

Conte is thought to be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of Chelsea’s return to the Champions League next season.

The same article claims that Chelsea owner Roman Abrahmovich is prepared to back Conte in the summer transfer window as the west London side look to build on their success from this season.

Chelsea can clinch the Premier League title with victory at West Brom on Friday night as they look to win a domestic double in Conte’s first campaign in charge.

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The Blues will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the end of the month.

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