Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia in the January transfer window, according to Calcimercato.

A vacancy has opened up in the middle of the park for the Blues after Oscar joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for what is believed to be a £60 million fee. Antonio Conte may well have already decided where to invest a chunk of that.

Calciomercato believe that Conte is a huge admirer of Biglia and he has had one eye on the Argentine since he took the reigns at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

As per Calciomercato, they could well have a free run at him too. It is reported that Biglia has failed to agree on a contract extension with Lazio, and he could subsequently be sold in the upcoming transfer window. They note that Lazio would be unwilling to sell to Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter, and thus Chelsea would be able to secure his services if they matched his £21.3 million valuations.

Biglia is the latest of a plethora of Italian-based players who have been linked with Chelsea since Conte took charge at the Bridge.

Meanwhile, Enzo Montepaone, agent of Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, will travel to the United States to speak with Atlanta United, according to Lazio Press.

Tata Martino familiarised himself with Biglia during his time as Argentina’s national team coach. Biglia started in almost every match at the 2015 Copa America and Copa America Centenario and was relied heavily on as a holding midfielder.

Reports are also claiming that Chinese Super League clubs are interested in the Lazio captain as well.

However, Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will make additions to his squad this winter but only if it improves his playing group.

Conte has recalled Nathan Ake from his loan spell with Bournemouth, Charly Musonda is back from Real Betis and Kenedy has returned to training with the first team following his stint at Watford, which suggests there may not be much business done by the Premier League leaders.

However, Conte indicates that some transfers might be made if the West Londoners can find the perfect solution.

“My club knows my opinion. In January it’s not easy.

“In this window, it’s very difficult to find great players but we are seeing if we are able to find the opportunity to improve this team.” He said.


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