Date: 24th April 2017 at 12:40pm
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This summer, when it comes to strengthening the squad, should be an interesting period.

With Antonio Conte set to lead an assault on the Champions League next season, the squad depth needs increasing.

Already, as you may have noticed if you are a regular visitor to this site, we`ve published a plethora of articles relating to players the media have linked with Chelsea, some may come, others inevitably will not.

Today though, with the transfer speculation cranking up, the good folk of the Mirror are suggesting that Antonio has identified his two summer transfer priorities.

The two players the boss wishes to bring to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to our source, are the 25-year-old Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and the 23-year-old Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Both will be costly additions but are they the two priority signings you envisaged, or would you prefer to opt for two others?

Please feel free to offer your views in our comments facility.

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12 Replies to “Conte Identifies His Two Main Summer Transfer Targets”

  • Please not Lukaku, he clearly hasn’t got the quality against top class opposition. His touch is poor, his passing is poor and his attributes clearly suit Everton but never a team like Chelsea who usually play against deep lying defences. If we’re going to spent big money, why are we not interested in Griezmann, who definitely is top class in every way. Van Dijk is big, quick and strong and is good on the ball. We clearly need another top midfield player as Saturday proved against Spurs, who controlled midfield.

  • Lukaku all the way… 20+ goals for 3 consecutive seasons in EPL isn’t a joke. Lukaku is a better goal scorer than Griezmann… Griezmann cannot lead the line for us, this is not La liga. We cannot afford to have a midget as CF, we already have players like Hazard and Pedro getting bullied by big defenders and midfielders. Moreover, Griezmann doesn’t even play CF for Athletico… We can sign Griezmann as ST but never as CF, but I would rather we sign Dybala if we need a ST.

  • Everyone has got their own ideas,it’s going to be an interesting summer,we need to strengthen to stay at the top,I’m looking forward to seeing who don conte is able to get,I would like to see him promote some youngsters into the squad,Abraham and christeanson for instance

  • I have my reservations on both players but if it’s confirmed without doubt that is what Conte wants, I mean not imposed from above, then I’m happy & support the decision. VVD had a serious knee injury hoping that won’t affect him after arrival as we have seen such injuries with Essien & others. Aside that what happens to the expected arrival of AC from ‘Glabach to partner Ake who seems to have taken his chance & stake claim on that LCB against Spurs last Saturday. Lukaku’s problem is technical, but I noticed his poor first touch is improving. He’s also got issues with hard work, Closing down opponents, not skillful, poor off the ball effort to get back possession, & above all that Raiola of an agent that collected £20m before allowing Pogba to join MU. Hoping the board are aware of all of that, but whatever there should be a better plan for our very own Tammy Abraham to compete with them, I mean he should be integrated into first team asap. KTBFFH!!!

  • Conte has already said that he NEVER wants a selfish player in his team. Sounds like Lukaku doesn’t have a chance of getting Antonio’s vote.

  • Azpi, Zouma, Christensen, Ake, Cahill, Luiz, Van Dijk is too many defenders. We ideally need 5-6 only. Unless we sell Zouma or Loan Ake, signing Van Dijk will be waste. Personally, I don’t think we need to sign CB, just integrate AC & Ake properly. 2 Club trained defenders is a great sign for our academy. But, will Conte trust them?

  • Sell: Matic, Willian, Costa, MVG
    Buy: Lukaku, Sanchez (if possible), 1 B2B midfielder. Integrate Ake, Christensen, Traore, Pasalic.

  • @Blu, Why would we want to sell Willian. He showed his quality on Sat, he’s a class act who can make the difference in tight games,as he has the skill to beat players. He’s still only 28 and should be at his peak next season. He was our player of the year the last two seasons but started slowly this season due to injury and recovering from the death of his mother. It would be madness to sell such a gem.

  • Our area of priority is the midfield. I hate it when teams like City and Spurs dominate the midfield when we play them. Get a Kante-like midfielder to partner Kante. Sell matic. instead of buying Lukaku, I think Morata will suit us better. He’s more technical and a better team player than lukaku. if we must buy Van Vijk then Zuma should be sold or loaned. After returning from injury his play is no longer appealing.

  • Please look for a Carlos Tevez kind of player to replace Oscar(Sanchez) and yaya toure kind of b2b to give Matic serious competition.kessie, Bakayoko. We can integrate the number of defence we have now with addition of virgil van. If Costa goes bring in Morata and Lukaka with Abraham as understudy

  • Good suggestions here – I would not go for Lukaku for many of the reasons stated above – but like others I do believe Costa is want away and so we should sell him for as much as we can get for him but he is good as a lone striker, holds the ball up well and is good at running down defenders so we need someone similar to replace him . I too would like to see Christensen and Ake retained and I also agree with others here that we need a replacement for Matic – interesting times ahead methinks!

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