Chelsea have blitzed the Premier League this season and are one of the favourites to win the FA Cup but Antonio Conte’s side are targeting significant improvements in the summer, as they prepare for a return to the Champions League.
The Blues’ squad is, on paper at least, arguably weaker than some of their top-six rivals but Conte’s tactical knowhow has helped the West London giants dominate the Premier League standings- and they’ll be hoping to do similar in Europe next term.
Conte’s side has excelled with a three-man defence, adopting Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses as wing-backs, and it seems the Blues want to bolster this particular area of their squad- as Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport suggests scouts have been watching Atalanta’s Andrea Conti in action.
With an impressive four goals and three assists in Serie A this season, Conti has shown he’s a threat whilst supporting the attack and scored the only goal of the game this weekend as Atalanta continued their impressive campaign with a 1-0 win over Crotone.
Winning an average of 1.8 aerial duels a game, Conti is equally capable in defence but may need to be trained to be more efficient when moving the ball on to his team-mates; as this season his passing accuracy is just 77%.
Conti’s numbers are also, excluding passing percentage, better than Victor Moses’ at Chelsea this season and a poor performance at the weekend from Pedro, who filled in at wing-back, shows there is a need to bolster Conte’s options.