Antonio Conte gives green light to Chelsea’s Italy international deal – report

The Italy international has been identified as a possible right wing-back and will also be able to play behind the striker

Antonio Conte has been given the green light to sign Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva.

Inter are ready to sell for £25m with the Italy star keen on a switch to Chelsea to team up with Conte.

Chelsea are desperate to bolster their squad with Candreva on their hit list, having already made a £15m move for Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater. He’s brought in four but his squad looks paper thin. This is partly due to injury and suspention but plenty of players have left Stamford Bridge this summer, either permanently or on loan.

Drinkwater is desperate to move to Chelsea and a minor thigh injury has meant he has not been in contention while his future is resolved.

Leicester have quoted £40m for the title winner while Chelsea also want Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. Conte has been given reassurances that Chelsea are pushing hard in the market as they close in on several targets.

The Mirror say he has given the ‘green light’ for Chelsea to make a £25m move for the Italy international. The Serie A side are said to be happy to sell at that price and the pair could be reunited before the end of the month. Conte and Candreva worked together while the former was the boss of the Italy national team.

Conte has made it clear he needs new players and he’s gone public over the issue. And if The Mirror’s report is correct a deal for Candreva could be relatively straightforward to do.

Chelsea also want Juventus wing back Alex Sandro, but they are willing to give him a new deal, while Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also a Chelsea target.

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