Antonio Conte’s January transfer plans revealed: Chelsea boss wants these signings, Terry fools Courtois, Forlan on Costa and more

ANTONIO CONTE is reportedly ready to strengthen his Chelsea squad in January.

The Blues are on fire this season under the Italian.

Conte’s men have won their last 12 Premier League games and sit six points clear at the top of the table.

But the Blues boss is keen to add to his already strong squad, according to the Telegraph.

They say Conte is targeting two signings with the £60m made from Oscar’s sale to Chinese Super League giants Shanghai SIPG.

The Stamford Bridge chief has two transfer priorities – a box-to-box midfielder and a defender.

Conte has opted for a 3-4-3 formation in recent weeks at Chelsea and decided Oscar was surplus to requirements.

Should he splash the cash next month, the boss will most likely look for a player who suits his style in west London.

Forlan: This Chelsea star “transforms” when he comes onto the pitch

Chelsea striker Diego Costa “transforms” when he enters the football pitch, according to former Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Forlan.

Costa has been in excellent form this season, scoring 13 goals in 17 Premier League appearances to help Chelsea record 12 straight league wins and go six points clear at the top of the table.

While he has been noticeably more restrained this campaign, the Spain international has gained a reputation for his determined playing style, which Forlan says is completely different from his personality off the field of play.

“One player who has been doing exceptionally well is Costa, the Premier League’s top scorer,” he wrote for the National.

“We both joined Atletico Madrid at the same time in 2007 and I played alongside him a couple of times towards the end of my time at Atletico, but he was still a teenager when he arrived and kept being sent out on loan.

“He went to Braga, Celta, Albacate, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, which is normal for an emerging player who is not quite ready to play every game for a top team. My departure in 2011 helped create a space for him.

“I liked Diego. He was a funny guy, always joking about with the other Brazilian and Portuguese players there, always smiling and completely different to the man people see on the pitch, the fighter with the strong personality. It is like he transforms when he crosses the line.”

Costa helped Atletico win La Liga, a Copa del Rey trophy and finish as runners-up in the Champions League over six years and two spells with the club before making the switch to Chelsea in 2014.

Watch John Terry score ‘Van Basten’ wondergoal in Chelsea training

Chelsea captain John Terry is showing no signs of rustiness despite not making a Premier League start since September.

Terry was handed a one-year extension in the summer after a meeting between the player, new manager Antonio Conte and Roman Abramovich in May.

But a combination of injuries and improved performances from a settled starting XI have kept Terry out of the first-team frame and he has not made an appearance since the 5-0 drubbing of Everton on November 5.

The former England captain is now close to full fitness after recovering from a strain and proved his recovery is on course with a wondergoal in Chelsea training.

Eden Hazard led the line while Diego Costa served a one-game ban against Bournemouth, but Conte may consider throwing Terry on up top in this form.

With the accompanying hashtag ‘#VanBasten’, Terry uploaded a clip which shows him lashing a deep corner back across goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and into the net.

👀⚽️ #VanBasten

A video posted by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on

The Blues have won 12 Premier League games on the bounce and welcome Stoke to Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Eve.

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