Despite executing the worst defence of a Premier League title in the competition’s history less than a year ago, Chelsea are sitting pretty.
In fact, under the command of Antonio Conte, the Blues have steered themselves away from what proved an indifferent start to the season. Nevertheless, the Italian manager is yet to be completely satisfied.
Consequently, Chelsea look set for a January splurge in spite of their electrifying form. At the heart of this looks set to be a blockbuster deal with which Roman Abramovich has already given his seal of approval.
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Conte is one of the world’s finest managers and he has only served to bolster this fact with the start he has made at Chelsea.
Nevertheless, the Stamford Bridge side appeared in deep trouble just a month ago. The home defeat to Liverpool and 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Arsenal had stalled a promising first few games for Conte.
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However, the inspired decision to revert to a back three has reaped incomprehensible benefits.
Since the tactical switch, the Blues have won five out of five league games and not conceded a single goal. This sparkling streak now sees Chelsea just one point behind Liverpool and the Premier League summit.
So, five wins and five clean sheets on the bounce, everything is perfect, right?
Well, Conte remains unconvinced despite the astonishing football he has been watching over the past few weeks.
According to the Telegraph, the ex-Italy boss has Leonardo Bonucci in his sights. The 29-year-old was one of the most frequented names in association with Chelsea this summer, yet no move materialised.
This is despite the fact Conte and Bonucci have experience working together on both an international and club level.
The Blues aren’t set to give up though with Abramovic having given the green light for a second attempt to snatch the Italian. While Juventus are believed to prefer a summer transaction, Chelsea are proving impatient.
The odds are certainly stacked against Conte’s men, but the report suggests they won’t step down without a fight.
However, the west London side don’t simply seek to splash the cash on one player during the winter window. Conte is believed to desire a central midfielder and could be interested in Radja Nainggolan or Marcelo Brozovic.
Current players could be for the chop in coming transfer windows too. It is understood that the club won’t renew the contracts of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic nor the seemingly exiled John Obi Mikel.
In addition to this, there are escalating fears over the future of Cesc Fabregas. While the Spaniard is believed to be committed to Chelsea, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Conte doesn’t see him in his plans.
All this considered, great change is set to face the Blues. For better or for worse, Conte is exacting great power over his new club and making the squad suit him, not vice verse.
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