Antonio Conte’s long talked about move to Chelsea has finally been confirmed and it hasn’t taken long for the rumour mill to kick into overdrive
If the gossip columns are to be believed, finding a new striker is at the top of Conte’s list of priorities when he moves to Stamford Bridge.
Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani and Romelu Lukaku are all being linked with a move to the Blues this summer.
Higuain would obviously be a great addition to the west Londoners’ squad, with his 30 Serie A goals in 31 outings proving he is a lethal striker.
Cavani has been less prolific at Paris Saint-Germain, managing 14 strikes in 28 league appearances, but has had to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the French capital.
Thus, the Uruguayan would likely be more open to a move as it would allow him to get out of Zlatan’s shadow and play more centrally rather than on the right wing, where he currently operates for PSG.
Lukaku is probably going to be less keen to head to Chelsea, having been previously underappreciated during his three years at Stamford Bridge.
However, returning to the Blues worked out well for Jose Mourinho, Didier Drogba and Nemanja Matic as they won the Premier League last season, so the Everton man would be wise to take this into account.
These transfer targets may lead one to suspect that the Italian manager will allow Diego Costa to leave in the summer, with the Brazilian-born striker reportedly looking to return to Atletico Madrid.
However, that is not the case and The Times states that the former Juventus boss sees Costa as a part of his plans.
This seems to suggest that the 46-year-old manager will want to operate with two forwards, like he did with Juve.
In contrast, the same paper reports that Conte is willing to let Thibaut Courtois go for the right price, with Barcelona believed to be interested.
Fraser Forster is viewed as a possible replacement, but many believe that the new Chelsea boss will instead look to bring in one of his countrymen.
AC Milan’s 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma has apparently caught Conte’s eye, with the youngster already making 23 Serie A appearances this season.