Chelsea confident they will sign £30m star to kick off Conte era

Chelsea are growing increasingly confident that they will be able to kick off Antonio Conte’s reign at Stamford Bridge with a move for £30m-rated Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.

The Italy coach was confirmed as the Blues’ next manager earlier this week following much speculation, and will officially succeed interim boss Guus Hiddink once his Azzurri duties have finished after EURO 2016.

For much of the past few weeks Pjanic has been mooted as one of Conte’s top targets as he looks to overhaul the Londoners’ under-performing first-team set-up, and reports claim that the club are confident they will have him on board for 2016/17.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international currently pockets £50,000-per-week in Rome, but it’s understood that Chelsea are willing to hand him £15,000-per-week more to relocate to the Premier League.

Pjanic is known for his neat passing and deadly set-pieces, and has notched a respectable 10 assists in Serie A action this term – the highest individual tally in the division.