Chelsea

Conte has big plans as Chelsea look set to make their move on key summer target

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate for a few more signings this summer…

The Blues have already landed a few big names, but with a tough season ahead, it is clear that more depth is needed.

According to the Express, Antonio Conte is looking to secure just that, with the publication reporting that Chelsea could be set to make an offer for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – with the Englishman impressing as a wing-back as of late. It is said that Conte has big plans for the player, potentially viewing him as a wing-back in the ilk of Victor Moses.

Chamberlain’s current deal at Arsenal expires next summer, and with no new deal in place, it is looking increasingly likely that he won’t agree to a longer spell at the Emirates.

For Chelsea, then, a move may make sense as Arsenal may be willing to cash in. Still, with no offer in yet, the Blues don’t know how Arsenal will respond. Antonio Conte, though, appears convinced that the Englishman is the man he wants.

Landlord’s Verdict

English talents at the highest level are few and far between, but the Ox has proven his worth as one of the Premier League’s most talented players. He has been inconsistent for Arsenal, but that boils down to a lack of opportunities more than anything.

Antonio Conte proved last year with Victor Moses that Chelsea is now a meritocracy – and if Chamberlain moves to the club then he will be given a fair chance.

£25 million is a lot of money, but at Stamford Bridge there is a real need for homegrown players, and they simply come at a premium.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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