Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is believed to be a huge admirer of Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu and made an approach for the 22-year-old star, according to the Turkish-Football reports.
It’s believed that Antonio Conte is in the market for midfield reinforcements after the exit of Oscar Chelsea are in need for quality players in the heart of the midfield.
The Blues have made a surprise January bid for Calhanoglu, with Conte is desperate to sign Bundesliga free-kick specialist.
Earlier last month, The Blues were keeping tabs on the highly-rated Turkey international, who has been Leverkusen’s one of the best performers in the recent years.
However, it appears that Chelsea will face a stiff competition from Manchester United and Barcelona who is believed to be a two favourite teams for 22-year-old midfielder.
Chalhanoglu has recently Said: “Barcelona and Manchester United are huge clubs it would be difficult to turn them down.
‘But I have not said anything about any transfers or anything of the sort.’
Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie’s agent has revealed that that his player is in talks with Chelsea over a potentional switch to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old versatile midfielder has enjoyed an excellent start of the season with scoring seven goals and atracted interest from hosts of Premier League clubs.
The Blues chief Antonio Conte is a huge fan of promising midfielder and keeping a close eye on his progress during his tiem at Juventus.
And Kessie’s agent, George Atangana, says he is in discussions with Chelsea over a transfer.
‘Chelsea are very interested and it is a great club but we must take our time to consider all the options.
‘Now we are in January so he has to play at the Africa Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast so I am not going to rush anything,’ Atangana told The Guardian.
‘We have a lot of interest from the Premier League.
‘I cannot say at this stage how much he will cost but we are talking about one of the best young players in the world.’
Last season Kessie was on the verge to join Premier League outsiders Sunderland, however, now after a huge improvement he could join PL leaders and help them to finish season on top of the table.
Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses has backed Antonio Conte and the way Italian manager has improved him as a footballer.
The Nigeria international has been a crucial player for Chelse 3-4-3 formation.
Chelsea have ended their winning streak with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, however, Moses has been thankful to his manager for the success that the Blues had in the Premier League.
‘I’ve never dreamed of playing in this position in my life, but I’m enjoying it and I think it’s probably one of the best positions, to be honest. The more games I’m playing there, the more I’m improving,’ Moses said.
‘I’ve never played this formation before but I’m getting used to it and I feel I’m getting better and better with every game.
‘I’m delighted with the way we’re playing, not just me but the whole team, with the formation the manager has brought. He’s played the game and he knows how to organise his players.
Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table with five points separating them from the second placed Liverpool.
‘Last year was one of the best in my career and I’m delighted with that and it’s thanks to the manager who gave me the opportunity to go out there and express myself. He gave me that chance, I grabbed it and now I want to keep enjoying my football.