Chelsea’s squad is set for a new look next summer and a new manager. With Antonio Conte all but confirmed as the new man in charge, we take a look at the four big name signings he reportedly wants to make.
1) Leonardo Bonucci
With John Terry set to leave Chelsea in the summer, Conte’s first task will be to find a mature leader to marshal his defence. Few meet those requirements more aptly than Juventus defender Bonucci. Statistically Boncuci is behind both Terry and Cahill in terms of tackles won, blocks made and aerial duels won per 90 minutes. In fact he is only ahead of both players in terms of interceptions, making on average 2.57 per 90 minutes. Considering these stats and his potential price tag, is he the right man to bring in? However he is an experienced, strong and tall defender with over 55 caps for Italy and he is at the perfect age for a defender (28). Statistics can be warped because the players play in different environments. Conte knows a lot about Bonucci having worked with him most recently as the Italy manager, so if he believes he will be an improvement for Chelsea, then his judgement is likely to be a good one.