Chelsea will target Edinson Cavani if Antonio Conte joins

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Antonio Conte is planning on making a transfer bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani if and when he becomes the manager of Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

The Italy national coach is the heavy favourite to take over from Guus Hiddink at the end of the season with some publications even claiming that the players have been told to prepare for his arrival.

If he is to be Chelsea's next permanent head coach, it could spell the end of Diego Costa's tumultuous spell at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian-born striker has experienced tremendous highs and dismal lows since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2014 and has, by all accounts, failed to settle in west London.

A recent report in the Evening Standard claimed that Costa has made no attempt to learn English and feels he has been unfairly treated by the nation's media.

The controversial striker has indeed had more negative headlines written about him this season, especially during a dismal spell of form under Jose Mourinho. His form has improved significantly since Mourinho's departure, but it does not appear to have changed his mind about the city.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen to offer him a route back to sunnier climes this summer and it would appear Conte would be happy to let him go as it would free up funds to sign Cavani, who he has long been an admirer of.

Costa's replacement

Cavani, 29, showed his quality against the Blues in their Champions League last-16 tie, coming off the bench to score the winning goal in a 2-1 victory. He is also likely to play a part in the return leg this Wednesday.

However, he did, of course, only emerge from the bench to play the final few minutes. It summed up his time at Parc des Princes, where he has played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic since arriving from Napoli in 2013.

Unsurprisingly, Cavani is not happy with the situation and could be allowed to leave for the right price despite the fact that Ibrahimovic could well be on his way too.

Alternative targets

Conte sees Cavani as his top target, but should he prove unattainable, he could also make a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has also been linked with a summer exit from his club.

The Serie A side have been struggling to tie the Argentine down to a new contract and may be forced to cash in if the situation cannot be resolved before the summer. With 26 goals in the Italian top division, Higuain is one of Europe's deadliest strikers and will certainly be a target for many if Napoli do decide to sell.

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