If Italy manager Antonio Conte takes over at Stamford Bridge this summer he will have a big rebuilding job on his hands.
Chelsea – England’s reigning champions – have sensationally flopped in the Premier League this season. With eight games remaining the Blues are languishing in 10th position, making Champions League qualification highly unlikely.
The London Evening Standard say that Conte is expected to be named as Chelsea next permanent manager. The publication add that former Juventus boss rates Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan highly.
Nainggolan, 27, is one of Chelsea main midfield transfer targets, according to Standard Sport, who claim that Roma value the player at around £35m.
Furthermore, Standard Sport report that Nainggolan is aware of Chelsea’s interest in him and that he is willing to consider a move to London.
Nainggolan, who has been capped 18 times by Belgium, is a powerful midfielder with the strength, determination, aggression and tackling ability to make a big difference for Chelsea in the middle of the park.
He is not a prolific goalscorer, but he has contributed 10 goals in 80 Serie A games for Roma, including this strike in a 1-1 draw with Inter Milan earlier this month. Nainggolan finished well from just inside the penalty area after playing an unorthodox one-two with Edin Dzeko.