After a disastrous title defence for Chelsea this year and with Antonio Conte to start his job after the European Championships, all eyes have been set upon the west London club, who will most certainly pursue much anticipated business in the summer market so the board will be able to retribute the fans after a demoralising nine months of football.
From the invincible Arsenal squad of 2003-04 to the current solid Leicester City back four which is at the forefront of the success they acquired this season, it is deemed integral for Conte to introduce a new spark of energy and structure into the ever limitless Chelsea back four this campaign.
In the light of John Terry potentially departing the club and 16 more goals being added to the previous total of 32 (goals conceded) last season it is hard not to look at individuals and how Conte will look to snap up replacements promptly after his priorities change after the Euro’s next month.
Mattia de Sciglio (AC Milan)
The Italian has averaged a staggering 2.10 interceptions a game and could potentially be favoured over fellow countryman Alessandro Florenzi in France this summer, who has also been on the cards of pundits across the footballing community to join the Blues in July. The 23-year old who’s consistently been left out of the AC Milan squad due to the fact that he is injured has a very attacking nature to his game which would suit Chelsea in many aspects of play in attack and defence. He has 13 created chances in the 20 games he played to support this. As of late the boyhood Milan player hasn’t shown any signs of a move, however if a rumoured Conte sweep up over the summer is true, the potential move to Stamford Bridge could be imminent. As well as this it is clear that the Italian starlet would be a great asset to this Chelsea side which is desperate for a change.
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
The second player who could make a potential transfer in the summer to Chelsea is Italian centre-half Bonucci, who has made 34 appearances for Juventus this season. Bonucci who has also won the domestic double under Conte secured the Scudetto very early on in his life in Turin in the 2011-12 season. Bonucci has a great relationship with 46-year-old Conte and would fit well in a Chelsea side derived from flair and power perfectly. The 29-year-old has played in a 3 at the back formation for multiple years with the “Old Lady” and appeared in 2012 against the Blues in a Champions League fixture which expressed the precision Conte can bring to a squad under his philosophy. However aside from the speculation, Juventus chief Beppe Marotta has ruled out the move whatsoever. “Bonucci is a marvellous player. And I think he intends to play in Turin for many more years.”
Simone Zaza (Juventus)
A final feature to Chelsea’s squad next season is 24-year-old Juventus hopeful Zaza. The potential Euro traveller has only played 853 minutes in all tournaments this season due to heavy competition from ex-Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, Argentine star Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic. This coincides with 25 attempts on goal in his limited time frame which proves that he’s definitely a player who’s hungry and has an eye for goal. According to various sources, Juventus are willing to accept a £20 million bid which could be confirmed as early as the forthcoming weeks from the west London club who are desperate to have a striker to support Diego Costa in a much anticipated two up front combo next season. The former Genoa player will be a great replacement for both Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy, who are expected to depart in the summer.
With the European Championships dawning upon us and squads across the continent set for a cracking month of football, Chelsea fans may not help but cast an eye upon the work of the Italian national team and dream of the years they have to come with one of football’s greatest in Antonio Conte.
This article is written by Reuben Rosso, you can follow him on Twitter at @Talk2RossoSport. What are your thoughts? Let us know by dropping a comment via our comments box below. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, Google+ and like us on Facebook.