Antonio Conte eyes Arturo Vidal as first Chelsea signing

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Antonio Conte will eye up a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal when he is announced as Chelsea boss, according to the Mirror.

The Italian is the heavy favourite to replace interim boss Guus Hiddink in the summer, and it's been claimed that he already has an agreement in place with the Blues.

It's already been confirmed that Conte will step down from his role as Italy boss after their participation in Euro 2016 this summer, and now speculation has begun over who he will try and take to Stamford Bridge once his arrival is confirmed.

Reports this morning say that Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal could be the first man brought in. The Bayern ace only signed for the German outfit in a deal worth £28 million last summer, but Conte is keen to link up with the player he managed during his spell in charge of Juventus.

The 46-year-old led the Turin-based club to three successive Serie A titles between 2011 and 2014, and Vidal was a key component of that side. According to the Mirror, the Italian boss believes Vidal is the man to add some steel in Chelsea's midfield. 

The pair share a close relationship - Conte signed Vidal for Juventus from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 - and the midfielder recently hinted he'd be open to a reunion. 

“I have always said if I go to war I would take Conte with me. We will see what happens,” Vidal said.


Of course the major sticking point is whether Bayern would be willing to sell up. The Mirror say that the reigning Bundesliga champions are generally happy with the 28-year-old's form this term, but wouldn't be adverse to selling up if the right offer comes along.

With Conte's arrival imminent, Chelsea have also been linked with former Juventus pair Paul Pogba and Leonardo Bonucci, along with Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez.

Who do you think should be Conte's first signing at Chelsea when he takes over?

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