Antonio Conte told Chelsea need to make four summer signings

Times deputy football correspondent Matt Hughes expects Chelsea to strengthen four positions in the summer transfer window

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Chelsea need to strengthen at least four positions in the summer transfer window, according to Matt Hughes.

Times deputy football correspondent Hughes shed some light on Chelsea’s potential transfer activity this summer as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

The Chelsea boss is thought to be prepared to sell Diego Costa in the summer after the Spain international revealed that Conte sent him a message telling the Brazilian-born star was surplus to requirements.

John Terry called time on his Chelsea career last month and the 36-year-old is expected to move to Bournemouth in the summer.

Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation in September in a tactical change which proved a great success but relied heavily on Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses.

Speaking to The Game podcast about which signings Chelsea need to make this summer, deputy football correspondent Hughes said:

“They need a central midfielder, someone like Tiemoue Bakayoko, they need a back-up centre-forward to Costa who is more reliable than Bathsuayi [and] they [also] need wing-backs and a reserve goalkeeper.”

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Chelsea won their second title in three seasons after finishing seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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