New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is sure to have a busy summer.
After taking his Italy side to France for the European Championship, the former Juventus boss is then set to start his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Conte takes over a club in turmoil. Despite winning the Premier League in 2014/15, Chelsea finished 10th after a poor season that will go down as one the club’s worst in modern history.
If the fiery Italian is to turn things around for the Londoners, he will certainly need to invest, and where better to search than his old stomping ground, Serie A?
With the league boasting a host of world class players – some previously managed by Conte – it would be no surprise to see a few names swap Italy for England.
Well here are FIVE options…
Having already had a £23m bid for ‘The Ninja’ rejected by AS Roma, expect Chelsea and Conte to up the stakes in their pursuit of the highly rated Belgian midfielder.
Nainggolan would add bite and tenacity to a Chelsea midfield that is full of playmakers, creating a balance the club have lacked since the departure of Claude Makelele.
Higuain made Serie A history last week as the Argentine scored his 36th league goal of the season to break Gunnar Nordahl’s long standing record of 35 strikes in one season.
Spanish football pundit, Guillem Balague, believes Napoli’s star man is on the verge of a switch to the Blues, with Chelsea’s current frontman Diego Costa tipped for a move back to his old club Atletico.
Higuain’s Napoli partner in crime was heavily tipped to make the move the the Bridge last summer, however the deal never materialised.
Insigne has had a fantastic season – scoring 13 times and adding 11 assists – and amidst possible rejuvenated interest from Chelsea, he could follow his team-mate across Europe.
It may be a Serie A robbery this summer if Chelsea get the men they want. Pogba – formerly managed by Conte at Juventus – is one of the best midfielders in the game, despite only being only 23.
Powerful, pacey and skilful, Pogba is possibly the most sought after player in world football at the moment, but could his former boss and mentor’s presence at the Bridge lure him away from the Old Lady?
Although technically still a Chelsea player, the speedy Colombian winger has spent the season on loan at Juventus, with the Italian side supposedly interested in securing his services full time.
The former Fiorentina man has had an impressive season at the Old Lady, so expect to see Cuadrado back at his parent club this summer.