Paul Merson: Chelsea must sign these two stars in the summer transfer window

Paul Merson explains why it is vital that Chelsea sign new defenders in the summer transfer window

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson believes that it is crucial for Chelsea to sign a new central defender in the summer transfer window – and reckons they should swoop for Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

The Blues are preparing to lift the Premier League trophy in front of their home fans after their game against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon after Antonio Conte’s sparkling first campaign in charge.

Chelsea are likely to be linked with a host of players once the transfer window reopens as Conte tries to assemble a squad capable of fighting on four fronts next season.

John Terry is set to leave Chelsea in the summer, leaving the Blues short of options in central defence.

And Arsenal legend Merson believes that the Blues must bring in a new centre-half this summer as they prepare for Conte’s second season in charge.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “They also need another centre-half, one who’s not going to start much.

“That won’t be easy, unless they switch Cesar Azpilicueta to wing back and buy a big-name defender to replace him.

“I wonder if anyone will take a chance on the two Juventus centre-backs because they’ve been phenomenal this season.

“They’re not young any more, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, but is there anyone better in their position?”

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Chelsea will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the end of the month as they chase a domestic double.

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