Chelsea may not look like prime candidates for strengthening on the surface when this summer’s transfer window opens, but Antonio Conte is likely to have money to use to bolster his Blues squad.
Barring an almighty late-season collapse, the Londoners will be champions of England once again and book a place back in the Champions League for 2017/18, so the Italian will be aware that he’ll need additional bodies, and reports from the Daily Star have indicated that Atalanta’s Ivorian ace Franck Kessie is a target.
The midfielder has enjoyed a stellar season in Serie A, with his all-action style of play and physicality drawing comparisons with Yaya Toure, and his stats suggest he could be a good addition for Chelsea…
The 20-year-old has made an impressive 787 passes (a success rate of 84%) in league action thus far in 2016/17, while showing his combative edge with 27 interceptions and 19 tackles won in 19 outings. Impressively, Kessie has netted six goals from his midfield role and has also created 13 chances.
Alongside the energetic N’Golo Kante, the youngster really could thrive.