Keen to bolster their defence before the transfer deadline, Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for West Ham United’s Angelo Ogbonna.
Chelsea have done a decent business in the on-going transfer window after spending more than £65 million on Michy Batshuayi, N’Golo Kante and Eduardo this summer. However, a deal for a defender has not materialised yet.
Ever since taking charge of the Blues, Chelsea boss Antonio Conteh has been desperate to sign defenders but so far he has not been able to bring in any defender at Stamford Bridge. He has been linked with several big names and has already missed out on Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and AC Milan’s Alessia Romagnoli in recent weeks.
Some reports are suggesting that the English giants are also plotting a shock move for their former star David Luiz.
However, according to reports in Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea may look closer to home to strengthen their squad.
Ogbonna, 28, had long been highly rated in his native Italy during his time with Turin, but he was largely a backup for Juventus behind the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci.
The Italian international then decided to leave Turin for the Hammers, as he agreed a four-year deal with the England outfit. Since then Ogbonna has become a key player for the Hammers.
Conte was the manager who signed Ogbonna at Juventus and worked closely with him. He also managed him at the Italian national team. And it seems that may have convinced the Italian tactician to make an attempt to lure the 28-year-old across London.
The report also claimed that if Chelsea fail to sign the defender from West Ham, they will make an attempt to sign Paris St-Germain’s centre-back David Luiz.