In the latest round of rumours linking Chelsea with players from the Serie A, the Blues’ incoming manager Antonio Conte is said to be interested in Inter Milan’s Jeison Murillo and Roma’s Leandro Paredes.
According to Calciomercato (via Metro), Antonio Conte was reportedly scouting for potential transfer targets for Chelsea during Inter Milan’s match with Napoli. The Italian was there to watch potential national team players, but was reportedly also keeping tabs on Inter Milan’s Colombian defender Jeison Murillo.
Murillo moved to Inter in July 2015 and has on gone on to make over 30 appearances for the Nerazzuri this term. The centre-back was also subject of interest from Manchester United last term. The 23-year-old isn’t the first Inter player to be linked with a move to London either, with Croatian duo Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic both being rumoured as potential Chelsea targets.
According to Emanuele Giullianelli (via Express), if Chelsea fail in their efforts to bring Roma’s Radja Nainggolan to Stamford Bridge, the Blues will look to sign Roma’s Leandro Paredes instead. Chelsea have also been linked with team-mate Miralem Pjanic this term.
The 21-year-old Argentine, who is on loan at Empoli from Roma, has enjoyed a good spell with the Azzurri, making nearly 30 appearances and scoring twice in the process. Paredes has recently been linked with Liverpool as it was rumoured that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was interested in bringing him to Merseyside over the summer.
Chelsea’s Italian Job
Needless to say, Chelsea have a busy summer ahead of them. Fans will be happy to know that Antonio Conte is already scouting targets for his Chelsea job. While the likes of Jeison Murillo and Leandro Paredes are relatively unknown names in England and may not be immediate replacements for some of the big names touted to leave Stamford Bridge, only time will tell who Chelsea are really after.
The Blues face more competition this summer with no Champions League football, and scouting for potential targets will be just as difficult as signing them. Clubs are richer and stronger than they were a decade ago, and the fight for European spots is harder than it has ever been. Antonio Conte must be trusted with his rebuilding job.
The Italian is a manager who is more than capable of seeing this job through, but for him to truly succeed, he should be given something that no Chelsea manager has ever been given before under the Abramovich era — time.