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Conte is tipped to take over at Chelsea.

Antonio Conte plans double swoop for Paul Pogba and Riyad Mahrez at Chelsea; Bonucci also linked

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This morning we had the news that Antonio Conte intended to step down as Italy boss after Euro 2016 this summer. It hasn't taken long for the rumour mill to crank into life.

The Italy boss was formerly in charge of Juventus and helped lead the Turin-based club back to the top of Serie A with three straight titles between 2011 and 2014. 

A string of reports claim that the 36-year-old has already agreed a deal with Chelsea to become their next full-time manager in the summer after the European Championships, taking over from interim boss Guus Hiddink who replaced Jose Mourinho in December.

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That has prompted the Italian media to go into overdrive about who Conte could sign when he officially takes over in west London, and Corriere dello Sport have come up with three names in particular. 

At the top of his list is said to be Paul Pogba. The former Manchester United midfielder seems to be perennially linked with a move away from Juventus and while a return to the Red Devils has been suggested, Corriere dello Sport say that Chelsea could well be his destination.

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The second name linked with the Blues by the paper is Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian has, of course, enjoyed a sensational Premier League campaign to date, scoring 15 goals and providing 11 assists in the league to help the Foxes to the top of the table with eight games to go.

Corriere dello Sport claim the double deal will be worth around €120 million - or £90 million.

The third and final player that Chelsea have been credited with an interest in this afternoon is another Juventus ace, defender Leonardo Bonucci. The 28-year-old is also being linked with Manchester City once Pep Guardiola takes over at the Etihad Stadium, and is valued at around €40 million.

Conte will undoubtedly have to overhaul a massively under-performing Chelsea squad in the summer, and top of his agenda will likely be what to do with Eden Hazard. The Belgian has managed just one assist and no goals in the league this season, having been named the Premier League's best player last time round.

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Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid, and the funds generated by his sale could finance a spending spree by the Italian boss. 

However, whether Conte has exact transfer targets in mind when he's not even been confirmed as the Chelsea boss yet remains to be seen. 

Who are the three players you think Chelsea need to sign this summer to get back to the top?

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