Conte wants world-class international trio to kick off new Chelsea era

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is eager to lure Serie A trio Paul Pogba, Leonardo Bonucci and Gonzalo Higuain to the west of London as he looks to kick off a new era at Stamford Bridge, according to reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italy chief was yesterday announced as the Blues’ next head coach, and will officially succeed interim boss Guus Hiddink later this summer when EURO 2016 has ended.

With Chelsea having been so poor this term, they currently sit in midtable despite being defending Premier league champions, Conte is expected to be backed heavily by owner Roman Abramovich, and reports claim that he’s outlined Juventus’ Pogba and Bonucci, as well as Higuain of Napoli, as three key additions.

The central midfielder, centre-back and striker could form a new spine at the club, but will not come cheap.

Pogba is thought to be a major target, but Juve will not listen to offers of below €100m (£80m) for the France international.

Bonucci is a potential replacement for soon-to-be-out-of-contract captain John Terry, while Higuain, who has a release clause of north of £70m, is the leading goalscorer in any of Europe’s top five leagues with 30 strikes to his name this term.