In Focus: Candreva option would add real spark to Chelsea’s right flank

As reported by Italian outlet TuttoSport, Chelsea are interested in signing Antonio Candreva this summer.

What’s the story?

With Antonio Conte needing to add numbers to his squad if the Blues are to compete on multiple fronts home and abroad next season, it’s important that Chelsea do more business this summer beyond the big signings they’ve already made.

One area they could do with strengthening is the right wing-back position, where Victor Moses performed so well last term. With no direct adequate replacement though, Conte would possibly have to change his team’s shape should he pick up an injury.

That may be why they’re targeting Antonio Candreva, the Inter Milan wide-man who can play up and down the right flank. That’s according to TuttoSport, who say that a deal involving cash and fringe defender Andreas Christensen could be enough to tempt Inter into making a deal.

TuttoSport say the Italian club value him at around £22.5m.

What does he offer?

Candreva offers Chelsea the defensive shape and presence in their 3-4-3 set-up made famous in the English Premier League by Antonio Conte last season, but with a clinical attacking edge.

Last season he scored eight goals and created 11 assists for his teammates in all competitions, pointing to a player with the experience and quality to be a consistent and effective force in top-flight football.

The 30-year-old would add serious depth to that crucial right flank both for Victor Moses and further forward too. In every respect, if the deal can be done fairly and for the right price, this seems like a potentially excellent signing.