Chelsea are plotting a sensational move for Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac, according to reports.
The German defender is one of the finest in Bundesliga and Chelsea are hopeful of signiing him as a potential replacement for Branislav Ivanovic before the end of the transfer window. Ivanovic has agreed personal terms with Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg and will be leaving Stamford Bridge in the upcoming hours.
Conte is eager to sign the 23-year old as the German is in his final six months of contract at Schalke. The Bundesliga outfit are keen to tie him down to a new contract but the player was not keen on a new deal as he will be available for free this summer.
The Blues have opened talks for Kolasinac as they are keen to have a talented defender going into the second half of the season. Conte has already recalled Nathan Ake from Bournemouth after his impressive performances for the Cherries in the first half of the season.
Chelsea will need to fight with Italian champions Juventus as the Old Lady are also keen on the Schalke defender as they eye him as a possible replacement for Patrick Evra who will be out of contract next summer at Turin.
Juventus have reportedly offered four million and the German club are keen to listen more offers before making a decision on the player as he can leave the club for free after six months.
The addition of Ivanovic would mean Conte will have another talented defender in his roster who could be an asset in a 3-4-3 formation which the Blues have mastered this season.
The Blues will need to rush through the deal as the clock is ticking down with the deadline day looming. Chelsea are yet to make a signing in January and if Kolasinac signs he would their first addition in the winter transfer window.