Chelsea have had an association with Italy for some time.
From Gianluca Vialli to Gianfranco Zola and Claudio Ranieri to Carlo Ancelotti, the club has a number of influential figures coming from the Mediterranean country to intertwine themselves with the history of the team and now it’s Antonio Conte’s turn to try and make his mark.
The former Italy national team boss joined the Blues this Summer with the aim of returning them to the top four at the very least as they look to leave all memories of last season behind. Conte has a squad that knows how to win the title at his disposal but has also looked to add to it with N’golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi coming in.
With the shutting of the transfer window approaching however, it’s time to finalise a few more signings and with Conte’s background, there’s every chance they’ll come from Serie A.
There’s a great number of players to pick from the Italian division but here at FootballFanCast we’ve sifted through them to bring you the FIVE Chelsea should sign most…
Chelsea, first and foremost, need a new right back.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a Blues fan now that still thinks Branislav Ivanovic is at his best so it’s time now the club get a new face in.
Florenzi is coming into his prime at the age of 25 and also knows what it takes to compete internationally and in the Champions League, he’d be a vast improvement on the aging Serbian.
Miranda has been very impressive in Serie A for Inter Milan since his move from Atletico Madrid.
The Brazilian centre-half is a big presence at the back and with Chelsea needing a plan for life after John Terry, Miranda fits the bill.
Inter are in a bit of disarray at the moment too with Roberto Mancini getting the sack over the Summer so now could be the perfect time for Chelsea to capitalise.
Conte knows Bonucci from both the Italian national set up and at Juventus so is aware more than most of the kind of player he’d be getting if he could wrangle a deal.
The centre half is one of the best in the game at the moment and would be able to easily take over from John Terry at the back whilst also helping his new manager get his instructions on to the pitch.
Chelsea may have signed Ngolo Kante in the central role but there can be no doubt that Radja Nainggolan would make the team even better.
The enigmatic Belgian is a real powerhouse in the centre of the pitch for both Roma and his national team but unlike Kante it’s not just his running and work-rate that impress, he gets the odd goal too. A central midfield pairing of the two would be formidable.
There’s one glaring weakness about Chelsea’s strikers – they lack pace.
Diego Costa is never going to chase down defenders for ninety minutes and Michy Batshuayi is of a similar ilk meaning the Blues could become predictable so bringing in Insigne from Napoli would help solve this.
He’s direct in attack and has pace to burn which could prove to be the difference in the tightest of games.