Managerial appointment could lead to Chelsea move for assist machine

Chelsea will look to sign Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic if Antonio Conte succeeds Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge this summer, according to reports from TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Blues are widely expected to appoint the Italy coach as their next manager, with negotiations between the club and the former Juventus tactician having been rumbling away for around a week.

And reports claim that if he is parachuted into the dugout they’ll look to secure the signature of Pjanic.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has emerged as one of the very best midfielders in Serie A since his 2011 move to the Rome giants from Lyon, developing a reputation for his creativity.

Indeed, Pjanic has registered 37 league assists since his move to Roma, and his spark in the centre of the pitch could help Conte to revive Chelsea’s fortunes after a disastrous season.