Chelsea already working on Conte’s transfer plans… major target wants move

Chelsea are seemingly already working on Antonio Conte’s grand transfer plans, with reports from The Times claiming that negotiations between the club and Miralem Pjanic having been initiated.

The Italian tactician is expected to succeed Guus Hiddink in the Stamford Bridge dugout once his duties with the Azzurri at EURO 2016 have come to an end, and it’s been suggested that he’s made it clear to the Londoners that he wants the Roma playmaker.

Pjanic, a Bosnia and Herzegovina international, has developed a reputation as one of the leading midfielders in Serie A since joining the Rome giants from Lyon in 2011, and reports claim that Chelsea’s lead negotiator, Marina Granovskaia, has already started discussions with his camp.

It’s understood that there’s a £31m release clause in the pass-master’s contract at the Stadio Olimpico, while the player’s £60,000-per-week salary is within the Premier League champions’ budget.

Further to this, Pjanic, 25, is keen to join Chelsea, even if they miss out on Champions League qualification – which seems likely to be the case at the end of a difficult season.