In Focus: Marco Verratti one of five new players Conte wants this summer

According to reports in The Mirror, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is looking to bring in five new players this summer including £70m-rated Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.

What’s the word then?

Well, Blues owner Roman Abramovich has given Conte significant funds to spend during the summer transfer window to try and ensure the club can see off competition from their rivals and retain their Premier League title next season, as well as having a real go at the Champions League.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could be the first arrivals with The Mirror report stating that £70m and £40m moves respectively are moving closer, while Conte is said to want Juventus duo Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro.

His final target is the £70m-rated Verratti, who he managed during his time as coach of the Italy national side and wanted when he was Juventus manager.

Why does he want Verratti?

The midfielder has been an impressive performer for PSG over the course of the last five seasons and scored three goals and provided a further eight assists in 43 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit this term.

Known for his ability on the ball, taking players on in the middle of the park and keeping possession, he is an influential performer for both club and country.

Does Verratti want to leave PSG?

According to the story in The Mirror, he does.

The 24-year-old is intent on leaving France this summer and has already told PSG sporting director Antero Henrique that he wants a move.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

He certainly would be.

If Conte is looking for more competition in the middle of the park then Verratti could certainly provide that.

It would remain to be seen whether he would be deployed alongside N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park in his preferred 3-4-3 formation though, considering he is 5’5” tall and therefore an inch smaller than the PFA Player of the Year.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it is clear that Conte means business this summer and it could mean that the likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic leave the club.

But if the Italian boss gets the five players he wants, Chelsea could be a real force in the Premier League and Champions League next season.