According to latest reports, Antonio Conte will apparently hold talks with a frustrated Diego Costa in order to keep him at Chelsea.
But skipper John Terry seems to be on his way out and the new Chelsea boss is also ready to go a star goalkeeper like Thibaut Courtois and wants to replace him with Southampton’s Fraser Forster, Daily Mirror reports.
There are also suggestions that Chelsea keen to keep Eden Hazard, but fear he has already made his mind after interest from PSG.
The current Italy manager also interested to offer winger Juan Cuadrado a lifeline to revive his Chelsea career following an impressive loan spell at Juventus.
However, Diego Costa tops Conte’s list of issues to resolve ahead of taking charge after the European Championships.
However, Costa’s Chelsea teammates think the Spain international has decided his future and wants to leave England after two mixed seasons since joining from Atletico Madrid, who now want to re-sign him.
But Conte is a big fan of the prolific striker who has an impressive record of 35 goals in 74 appearances but has also been involved in several controversies and complained of being singled out by officials and the FA.
Former Juventus boss will be given significant transfer funds to aid Chelsea challenging for honours once again following a horror season.
Leicester’s former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, the first one sacked by Roman Abramovich, said: “Conte will do well. But it will be a bit more difficult than anticipated. I believe he will want to take everything in hand. Chelsea will not allow you to do that.”
Antonio Conte primarily wants to sign five new players – two centre-backs, two midfielders and a striker, even if he keeps Costa.
Roma’s Greek star Kostas Manolas happens to be Conte’s top defensive target while Chelsea want to recall Danish defender Andreas Christensen from his two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach a year early.
Roma’s Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic along with Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal are among Conte’s midfield targets.
In the attacking department ex-Blues striker Romelu Lukaku, who Everton want £60million for, and Napoli’s prolific hitman Gonzalo Higuain, are in Conte’s radar.
Conte earlier wanted to bring 10 members of staff he works with for Italy but later it was compromised on five.
His brother Gianluca will arrive as an assistant coach along while trusted assistants Angelo Alessio, Massimo Carrera, Paolo Bertelli and Mauro Sandreani are also set for roles.
Chelsea, however, have requested Conte to find positions for current assistant coach Steve Holland, fitness coach Chris Jones and goalkeeping coach Christophe Lolichon too.
The former Italy international has been handed out a three-year £15m deal and will also earn a £5m bonus if he wins the Champions League.
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