According to The Sun reports, incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is planning to make a move for his compatriot and Southampton centre-forward Graziano Pelle.
The Italian manager is said to rate Italian Pelle from their mutual time with the Italian national side, with the Saints’ centre-forward set to represent his country in France this summer.
Graziano Pelle has been in and out of the Southampton team this season, making 23 Premier League starts and contributing with an impressive ten goals and a further five assists.
Ex-Juventus man has no experience in English football, yet his exploits in Serie A have seemingly impressed the Blues hierarchy, and they made no secret of their desire to appoint him.
The Italian manager has a big job ahead of him in London, and one of those is strengthening the offense with Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato both only on loan and expected to leave this summer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Steve Clarke Antonio Conte must offer John Terry a new deal to stay at Stamford Bridge.
The 35-year-old defender, who has made over 700 appearances since his debut in October 1998, is out of contract this summer and is yet to agree on an extension.
But Clarke believes Conte, would benefit from the club skipper’s influence for at least next season.
“I’m surprised, and I have been quite vocal in my support of John Terry staying at Chelsea next season,” Clarke told Sky Sports.
“John has been there so long. He understands the club and knows it inside out
“He understands the passion of the supporters and it is just my opinion, but I think he would be a big help for the incoming manager.”