Report names two midfielders that Antonio Conte will want at Chelsea

Conte is the front runner for the manager's job at Stamford Bridge from next season and is allegedly targeting players.

Italy boss Antonio Conte seems to be the front runner to become the new Chelsea manager in the summer, and according to a report in The Times, he has also identified two players for the club to pursue in the transfer market.

The report states that Miralem Pjanic is one player that Conte would like the club to sign, with Chelsea said to be 'receptive' in pursuing the 25-year-old as the club have held interest in the Bosnian for some time. Radja Nainggolan is another midifelder that Conte would like to pursue, with the report saying Conte is trying to prove he is capable of starting to overhaul the squad at Stamford Bridge while preparing for the European Championships.

If Chelsea end up appointing Conte then they are getting a manager with an incredible pedigree - who won three consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus, and has kick-started their latest era of dominance in Italy as a result.

It's also of little surprise that he would look to Italy for his first signings, but it is interesting that it's the midfield area that he would look to address first by the looks of things - as it seems he is trying to add some more energy and a little more creativity in the two players outlined.

One thing that is also suggested in the report is that Conte is trying to fight off competition from other potential managers, and is wary of the reign of Luis Felipe Scolari, who was sacked the February after he was appointed to the job, when he took on the job immediately after Euro 2008.

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