Rumours: Antonio Conte to target Pogba & Cuadrado if he becomes Chelsea manager
The 46-year-old is the frontrunner to take over as Chelsea manager in the summer
Chelsea are in talks with Antonio Conte to make him the next manager at Stamford Bridge. And the Italian has already reported to have identified the players he wants to bring when he takes charge.
Paul Pogba is considered to be his top target in the summer. The Frenchman has emerged as one of the best midfielders in the world in the last few years. He famously left Manchester United as a youngster to join Turin giants after rejecting a new contract.
Antonio Conte has a good relationship with the player after their time together at Juventus. Pogba won three consecutive Scudettos when the Italian was in charge and even went a season unbeaten in the league.
Pogba was named in the FIFA World XI this year, the fist time he has received the honor. He was also the youngest in that XI and was named alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
His other target Juan Cuadrado who is also currently with Juventus is in the form of his life. The winger initially joined Chelsea from Fiorentina last year in January but failed to make much of an impact during his short stint.
He made 12 appearances for Chelsea last season most of them from the bench and did not manage to score a single goal. But his recent performances have urged bot Chelsea and his former Manager to give a second chance with the Blues.
Cuadrado has three goals and four assists this season. He seems to have developed more as a footballer during his time in Italy. Cuadrado has added a defensive side to his game and ahs also become more tactically aware in his game. His unpredictability, speed and skill have given Juve a new dimension in their attack which helped them step up a gear in tight matches
Conte close to becoming new Chelsea manager
Conte and his representatives were reportedly in London discussing the terms of his contract as his move edges even closer. Conte will apparently sign a three-year contract with the Blues.
The current Italian head coach will end his tenure as head coach in the summer after the end of the Euros in France. Pogba might have an opportunity to face his former as well as possibly his future manager in the tournament if Italy are pitted against France.