Antonio Conte puts Tottenham player at the top of his transfer wish-list

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After the signing of David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day, it appears Chelsea are lining up yet another defensive acquisition that would raise a few eyebrows if it were to be completed.

According to the Sun, Antonio Conte is keen on Tottenham left-back Ben Davies and is eager to pursue the 23-year-old in the January transfer window.

The signing of the Welsh defender, who excelled in his countries Euro 2016 heroics, would potentially provide benefits for both club and manager.


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From the perspective of Chelsea, Davies would help boost the homegrown quota at Stamford Bridge, an area of the squad which does require urgent attention.

The required amount of players in this category for each club is eight and with John Terry set to hang up his boots at the end of the season, a fresh face may be needed in this area.

As for Conte himself, the Spurs man would provide the perfect option for the pragmatic Italian to revert back to his favoured system of a back three, the same setup which brought him much success at Juventus.

Davies was utilised in this role for Wales in the summer, where he excelled, but is also capable of playing in a flat back four, as he has done for Spurs.

The north London club, who may not wish to sell one of their most versatile squad players, will demand at least £20m from Chelsea for the former Swansea player, £10m more than Spurs initially signed him for.

The Blues' leaky defence has been the subject of much criticism over the past 12 months and it was believed that Conte's arrival would go some way to rectifying the issue. So far, he has failed to eradicate it in any major way.

The underwhelming arrivals of Luiz and Marcos Alonso have done little to satisfy the defensive needs of the club, with new defensive midfield signing N'Golo Kante also failing to show the form he consistently displayed for Leicester last season.

Fresh recruits may be needed in January to solve Chelsea's woes at the back, however, fans may again feel let down if they were to sign another fairly low-profile name in Davies.

He does fit much of the criteria the club are in need of but his lack of consistent first-team football in the Premier League may prove to be an issue.

Will Spurs sell to a direct rival? Who's to say. Money talks these days in football and £20m may simply be too good to refuse.

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