Chelsea plot move to sign £171m quartet as Blues owner Roman Abramovich prepares to dig deep to improve Stamford Bridge squad
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has received the backing of owner Roman Abramovich and will look to bring in four top quality additions in the coming two transfer windows according to the Daily Telegraph.
Chelsea have had a mixed start to the current campaign and are certainly weak at the back and as such it’s no surprise that it’s this area that Conte is most keen to address.
Despite forking out £30m+ to re-sign David Luiz the West London side are still struggling to keep things tight, the Stamford Bridge side conceding nine goals in their opening seven Premier League clashes.
Top of Conte’s wish-list is the Italian’s former Juventus charge Leonardo Bonucci, who has a massive £60m price-tag, a big sum given the experienced centre-back is 29 years of age.
Some reports suggest that Juventus could be offered Cesc Fabregas, or even Eden Hazard, as part of a potential swap deal in a bid to keep costs down.
Bonucci was a trusted member of Conte’s national team set-up also and could be tempted by a move to the Premier League where no doubt he would receive a massive pay-hike.
Chelsea are also said to be keen on Burnley’s Michael Keane, who has a more modest £25m valuation, though it’s fair to say that even that fee would be a high one given the former Man United man’s relatively low level Premier League experience.
The 23-year-old has made just 29 top tier appearances but has impressed this term and would help Chelsea to meet their ‘home-grown’ quota.
Also on Conte’s radar is Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, valued in the £20m bracket, and the box-to-box performer was a big Chelsea target over the summer and the Daily Telegraph state that it was only the player’s apparent third-party ownership entanglements that prevented the deal from moving forward.
Chelsea have had to heavily rely upon Diego Costa in the final third this term and Conte has a lengthy list of striker targets and though the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata are known to interest the Blues boss it’s Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who could prove the easiest nut to crack.
Some sources claim a move for the Gabon international would set Chelsea back around £66m but even that large fee would probably be drastically less than any attempt to snap up Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann.
Aubameyang has proven a massive hit since moving to Germany, the 27-year-old scoring 87 goals in 150 appearances for the Westfalenstadion side.
Moves to improve Chelsea’s squad will almost certainly lead to a number of high-profile exits and defenders Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill have come under a great deal of pressure and could be on their way out.
Aforementioned Fabregas has barely featured this term and summer signing Michy Batshuayi is already being linked with a move to AC Milan.