How Chelsea could line up next season under Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte will attempt to bring his 3-4-3 formation to Chelsea next season after being confirmed as the club’s incoming head coach.
Here, Matt Law looks at how Conte’s Chelsea team could line up in his new-look set-up if the club manage to land his transfer targets.
Thibaut Courtois: The goalkeeper is the subject of interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Chelsea would demand around £70million to let him go.
Kurt Zouma: Currently injured, Zouma is seen as the perfect fit for a position on the right of Conte’s back three once he returns.
Leonardo Bonucci: Conte sees the Italian as the most likely replacement to John Terry and the man to lead his new-look defence.
Kostas Manolas: Comfortable on the left side, Conte would like to add Manolas to his squad to put pressure on Gary Cahill.
Juan Cuadrado: Conte wants to bring the Colombian winger back from his Juventus loan to operate up and down the right side.
Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea’s chief creator will still play an integral role under the club’s new head coach, having regained his best form.
Radja Nainggolan: One of Conte’s main transfer targets, the Belgian has been identified to provide energy in the centre of the pitch.
Kenedy: The Brazilian is one of the youngsters Chelsea are keen for Conte to push following a promising debut season.
Willian: Chelsea’s best player this campaign will be relied upon heavily again by Conte, who will appreciate his hard work and willingness to run.
Edinson Cavani: With Diego Costa still hoping to leave, Conte has identified Cavani or Gonzalo Higuain as his targets for the out-and-out striker role.
Eden Hazard: Despite the Belgian suffering an awful season, Chelsea remain convinced Hazard can get back to his best under Conte.