The Mirror claim that Chelsea are set to launch a £100 million spending spree to add strength in depth and quality to their squad in the summer, with three targets already being lined up by Antonio Conte and his team. With the prospect of Champions League football alongside a potential title defence, the Blues will need such additions in the summer.
One of those linked in the reports is Southampton’s key man Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move away from St. Mary’s and is currently out of action with an ankle injury. With Conte keen to add to his defence, Van Dijk could be a prime candidate for a summer move to Stamford Bridge.
Conte is also keen to add depth up-front and is said to be considering a move for Celtic sensation Moussa Dembele. The French youth international has been a revelation in Scotland since a summer move from Fulham for just £500,000 and Chelsea believe that a deal can be done for less than £40 million according to those same reports that suggest a summer spending spree.
It is unlikely though that Dembele would immediately be able to step up into the role as the club’s first choice striker should Diego Costa make an exit in the summer.
That may explain why the final man linked by the Mirror is Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, a long term target for Antonio Conte since his arrival in London. The Spaniard has struggled for regular game time since returning to Madrid from Juventus in the summer and could be available for the right fee.
Conte worked alongside Morata in Turin and given his experience at two of Europe’s biggest clubs it is possible that he could be the man to step into Costa’s shoes if he does decide to leave once the season is over.
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