Antonio Conte ready to spend big this summer and is targeting Southampton duo

Danny Ryan

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ready to splash the cash in the summer transfer window and will reportedly look to bring in Southampton duo Ryan Bertrand and Virgil van Dijk.

That is according to the Evening Standard, who say that - as well as targeting Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez - the Italian manager is keen on bolstering his sturdy defence.

Bertrand was a former Blues player and actually started in the historic Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012, but was then sold to the Saints for just £10m shortly after.

Bayern Munich's German defender Philipp
Bayern Munich's German defender Philipp

Now, Conte wants the England international back and see's his athletic, forward thinking style as perfect for his hugely successful 3-4-3 system, however, given that Bertrand recently signed a new five-year deal, he may be hard to acquire.

In the past, Chelsea have had no hesitation in bringing back former players for inflated prices with Nemanja Matic and David Luiz both mirroring that theory in recent seasons.

As for Van Dijk, the Premier League's elite look set to battle for the Dutchman's signature with Liverpool and Manchester City also voicing their interest.



The 25-year-old has grown into one of the division's finest defenders since his move to the South Coast from Celtic and his ability on the ball, as well as defensive nous, would again be ideal for Conte's formation.

The Italian manager has been fairly lucky with injuries this season as he has been able to use near enough the same 11 in every game.

The depth of his squad has not been put to test and it is clear that before it is next campaign, he wants to add to it.


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