Chelsea linked with transfer swoops for £240m quartet

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Chelsea are reportedly set to reward Antonio Conte with a huge new pay rise – and back him in the transfer market with four stars as part of a potential £240million raid.

The Blues intend to finally see off ongoing interest from Inter Milan and their Chinese-backed consortium by offering Conte a new deal worth £10million a year, with the Italian just one win away from clinching the Premier League title during his first year in England.

Conte’s current deal still has two years left to run, but they plan to offer the former Juventus boss a new five-year deal, guaranteeing the Italian an income of £50million.

Furthermore, they will also allow Conte to choose his own backroom team, with current assistant Steve Holland set to join Gareth Southgate’s England set-up.

In addition, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is set to hand Conte significant funds this summer ahead of a season in which the Blues will try to defend their league crown and make inroads in the Champions League.

The Daily Mirror claims Conte has made summer swoops for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, their former striker Romelu Lukaku, now of Everton, and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk his top priority. Powerful Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is also a top target for Conte as he looks to give Chelsea even more bite in midfield.

Deals for the four players are expected to cost Chelsea in the region of £240million – but even if Conte doesn’t land his main targets, the Blues boss has reportedly drawn up a list of secondary targets which include Real Madrid duo James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata, Roma’s Antonio Rudiger and Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi.

All things considered, it’s expected to be an extremely busy summer at Chelsea as the club look to seal the status as Premier League champions with a win at West Brom on Friday.