Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are joking that their starting line-up could be sourced entirely from Italy, as speculation regarding signings from the Serie A continue to intensify.
TalkSport, citing reports from Italian outlet TuttoSport, state Chelsea have added Roma defender Kostas Manolas as the latest name to their transfer wish-list, as they aim to rejuvenate their defensive line.
The Blues will wave goodbye to captain John Terry after 19 years of service this summer and face a huge test to replace him, whilst their back-line has looked shaky this term and could do with being re-assembled anyway.
Antonio Conte is a big fan of Greek international Manolas and is ready to sound-out the player’s representatives about a move to the Premier League, although Roma aren’t keen on a sale as it would be paying a sizeable fee to Olympiacos.
However, our landlord doesn’t think this transfer is guaranteed as Chelsea have been linked with a wide variety of defenders this summer and he predicts only two additions will be made in this area.
Chelsea fans, how many defensive signings does your club need? Let us know in the comments below!