Antonio Conte is planning a big summer overhaul at Chelsea if he’s named as Guus Hiddink’s successor, with reports from The Times claiming that Roma pair Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic are on his agenda.
The Italian is expected to be the Blues’ next permanent head coach, with meetings between club officials and agents rumbling on as Roman Abramovich prepares for a new era at Stamford Bridge.
Conte is currently in charge of the Italian national team, but the ex-Juventus tactician’s Azzurri responsibilities are due to end when EURO 2016 has finished, leaving him free to move to the west of London.
With Chelsea having put up a woeful defence of the Premier League title, a massive summer of changes is expected, and reports indicate that Conte has lined up Pjanic and Nainggolan as two of his targets.
The duo both play for Serie A heavyweights Roma and are considered to be key figures at the Stadio Olimpico.
Nainggolan is a box-to-box midfielder whose been lauded for his combative playing style and energy, while Bosnian playmaker Pjanic is known for his creativity and set-piece prowess.
It’s unlikely that the two players will come cheap, but with TV revenue in the English game swelling the funds may well be in place at Chelsea, even without Champions League football.