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Chelsea: Conte targets Lukaku, Vidal and Cavani as Costa has personality transplant

by | 5th, April 2016

costa sold The new Chelsea manager is Antonio Conte. He’s signed a contract worth:

£20m over three years (Mail)

£18m over three years (Sun)

15m over three years (Guardian)

£6.5m a year (Guardian)

£9m a year (Times)

As the papers do the sums, Dominic Fifield looks at what new faces Chelsea fans can expect to see that the Bridge:

While Conte is also pushing for the addition of Roma’s Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who is available for €35m, and further experienced defensive cover such as Leonardo Bonucci, Kostas Manolas, Kalidou Koulibaly and Antonio Rüdiger have been scouted at Juventus, Napoli and Roma respectively, where the latter is on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, it is perhaps telling he is to adopt the title head coach rather than manager. That would appear to reinforce Emenalo’s position at the club despite Chelsea’s patchy recent record on recruitment.

The Mirror says Conte will get shot of John Terry and Thibaut Courtois, replacing the latter with Southampton’s Fraser Foster. The Times points to Everton’s Romelu Lukaku making a pricey return, Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain and Artuo Vidal.

But Conte’s “top priority” (Mirror) is keeping Diego Costa. The Sun says Conte will “demand, discipline, decency and respect”. He might consider recruiting a psychologist

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