Chelsea have confirmed that Antonio Conte will take over as their new manager after Euro 2016, and the Italian boss already has his work cut out to rebuild Chelsea's flailing squad.
The Italy manager is expected to make widescale changes when he takes over the 2015 champions. Chelsea fans will be eagerly awaiting the summer transfer window now that they have a new man in place, and there are already several names being linked with a move - or even a return - to Stamford Bridge.
Signing another defender should be Chelsea's priority considering John Terry's imminent departure. The Blues will find it difficult to replace their captain's leadership, but they can, at least, fill the void he will leave in the centre of defence. Everton knocked back Chelsea's summer bid of £30 million, but it would not be surprising if Conte tried to resurrect the move.
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Stones' versatility means he can also play at right-back, providing extra cover for Branislav Ivanović. The England defender has had his critics this season, who argue he is not the player he was, particularly after his mistake led to Holland's equaliser in the Three Lions' 2-1 friendly defeat last week.
That could render the Toffees more willing to sell, however, and Conte is likely to organise his defence in a very different manner to that of Everton boss Roberto Martinez. If Stones is able to regain his form of the 2014-2015 season, he could be a valuable addition to Chelsea's defence.
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Goodison Park may well prove a popular recruiting ground for Chelsea this summer, with Conte also reportedly interested in Stones' team-mate Romelu Lukaku. While it would prove an embarrassing u-turn for Chelsea, who sold the Belgian star for £28 million, he is now one of the most consistent strikers in the Premier League.
Not only did he remind them what they were missing with one of the goals that knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup, he has scored 60 Premier League goals, most of which have come with West Brom and Everton. It was Jose Mourinho who opted to sell Lukaku, and now that he is no longer in charge, the club should not let their pride get in the way of attempting to re-sign the prolific forward.
Unsurprisingly, Conte, who has also managed Juventus, is expected to raid Serie A in a bid to bolster his midfield. Eden Hazard has not been able to create as much as he would have liked this season, and midfield sensation Paul Pogba would be a fantastic signing if Juventus were to concede their star man.
Pogba has something to prove in the Premier League after he was let go by Manchester United, but he will undoubtedly come with a huge price tag, believed to be in the region of £70 million. The 23-year-old's power would make him perfect for English football, and Conte could build the rest of his midfield around him.
If Roman Abramovich is serious about rebuilding, he will need to be ready to splash out. Few if any were expecting Chelsea's season to turn out the way it has, but securing Conte is a step in the right direction. It is yet to be seen how he will fare in English football, but with a few astute signings, he can steer the five-time English champions back on the right track.
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