Conte keen to sign new wing-back despite new Moses deal

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte still intends to bolster his options at wing-back despite securing Nigerian ace Victor Moses down to a new deal, The Telegraph reports.

What’s the word?

Victor Moses has seen his Chelsea career revitalised by Antonio Conte, with the Italian boss utilising the Nigerian ace in a wing-back role to great effect- but he still faces a fight to continue his starting spot in the first-team.

Despite signing a new £75k-a-week deal this week, The Telegraph states Chelsea are still looking to bolster their options at wing-back this summer and Conte is eyeing recruits that can fight Moses or potentially replace him in the first-team.

Chelsea’s return to the Champions League next season will mean they need greater squad depth and the wing-back areas on both sides are currently lacking numbers, which is a problem Conte is keen to fix.

Who’s being targeted?

The Telegraph states that Marcos Alonso’s position in the first-team is under more threat than Moses but January target Sead Kolasinac, who the Blues tried to sign from Schalke, has dropped down Conte’s wish-list.

Instead, Chelsea would prefer to raid Ligue 1 leaders Monaco for the services of Djibril Sidibe, a full-back who can play on either flank, or Thomas Lemar, who the Blues feel could be converted into a capable wing-back like Moses has shown this season.

Monaco will be looking for big-bucks for their star names this summer though and will be well aware of the fight they face to keep their key-men; with the likes of Fabino, Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva on top-clubs short-lists.

If other sides secure moves for these targets before Chelsea land the players they want, then they may find Monaco are reluctant to depart with more big names and risk missing out altogether.