Italy manager Antonio Conte won't take charge of Chelsea until the summer but he's already lining up his first signing as Blues boss as he holds talks with AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas.
Chelsea are wasting no time as they look to improve on a dismal season with reports claiming the Blues have already spoken to Roma centre-back Manolas, who has been a Premier League target in the past, with North London club Arsenal interested in signing him.
Manolas is a 24-year-old Greek international who applies his trade at Italian club Roma, where he's been since 2014 when he signed from home-country club Olympiakos for a fee of around £10.3million.
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Since Chelsea's announcement of Conte's appointment, they have been linked with a whole host of stars such as Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba but with John Terry seemingly on his way out of the club, the Manolas talks seem most viable.
The former Juventus manager was understood to have bid for Manolas during his time in charge of the Italian giants but the 24-year-old opted to sign for Roma instead, as they needed a suitable replacement for Medhi Benatia, who left to join German champions Bayern Munich.
Conte will take charge of Chelsea shortly after his involvement with Italy in Euro 2016 and he is expected to revamp the squad who have massively underachieved in the Premier League this season.
Blues’ target Manolas has played 39 times for Roma so far this season, with six clean sheets in all competitions so far. Luciano Spalletti's men are currently third in Serie A, 10 points behind leaders Juventus and seven points above fourth-placed Fiorentina.
Manolas has played 23 times for Greece as well, who finished rock bottom of their Euro 2016 qualifying group despite being well seeded in the qualification draw.
The Greek defender is under contract with Roma until 2019 so Chelsea may have to break the bank to secure his services for next season.
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