Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte feels a raid for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante would see his team become serious Serie A contenders, according to a report.
Inter looked formidable in the Italian top flight last season but ultimately fell short, with Juventus clinching top spot.
As such, Conte has worked to revamp his squad, bringing in several new additions. Arturo Vidal has arrived from Barcelona, while Nicolo Barella is also an exciting permanent midfield addition.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport though, Conte’s ultimate “dream” is to bring in Kante from Stamford Bridge. The pair worked together to great effect as the Blues won the Premier League four seasons ago.
Indeed, despite Inter’s raft of new signings, Conte has made his superiors aware that the Frenchman remains his top target.
Kante is reportedly available for £46million, a price which the Inter boss feels deems attainable. To fund the move though, he must offload some of his first-team squad.
Crucial among those who will help raise funds is defender Milan Skriniar. The Slovakian is a target for Tottenham, who are looking to bolster their defensive ranks.
However, Skriniar is not the only player who could leave. Midfielders Marcelo Brozovic and Christian Eriksen could also face exits, with the latter linked to a move to Manchester United by one source.
Meanwhile Monaco have shown initial interest in signing Brozovic but have failed to make further progress.
Furthermore, Matias Vecino and Radja Nainggolan also face uncertain San Siro futures.
Another Chelsea midfielder is also a rumoured target for a move away. Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Jorginho’s situation, with the Blues keen to raid West Ham for Declan Rice.
Lampard refuses to rule out further signings
Chelsea have spent over £200million in the past few months, with Kai Havertz their most expensive acquisition.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is the club’s latest signing, with the Senegalese providing competition to Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Speaking in Friday’s press conference though, Blues boss Frank Lampard could not say whether he has finished his spending.