Antonio Conte will conduct an overhaul of Chelsea’s defence, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has...
Antonio Conte will conduct an overhaul of Chelsea’s defence, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has suggested where his future lies.
Conte To Get Ruthless
Chelsea’s defensive horror show at Arsenal has convinced Antonio Conte he needs to reshape the Blues’ defence.
Conte is understood to have held an angry half-time inquest at the Emirates, as Chelsea crumbled to a 3-0 defeat.
And according to the Daily Mail, the Italian is keen to bolster his defence once again in January, while a number of players are expected to be phased out of the starting XI.
The report suggests Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic will lose their place, having struggled for form over the last 18 months, while Conte is unsure on David Luiz as a first-choice centre-back.
And the former Italy boss hopes to sign two more central defenders and a new full-back in January.
Chelsea were thwarted in their pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci – Conte’s two main targets – over the summer, but could reignite their interest.
Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Burnley’s Michael Keane are also being scouted, with the club keen on increasing its English contingent.
Bonucci Staying Put
Reports that Manchester City could be poised to rekindle their interest in Leonardo Bonucci have been brushed aside by Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta.
The Manchester Evening News reports Marotta as saying: "That's not what I heard," and stressing that no offer had been received for a player strongly linked with a move to City during the summer window.
Another injury setback for Vincent Kompany, who had to leave the pitch in the closing seconds as City won at Swansea in the EFL Cup last week, sparked reports that Pep Guardiola would revive those summer ideas of bringing Bonucci to Manchester.
City put their plans to sign the 29-year-old on hold because of Juve's £50 million price tag and the progress that had been made by Kompany until the Swansea cup game.
Earlier this month, Italy defender Bonucci, who has also been linked with Chelsea, revealed that he had been tempted by City's interest but felt he had made the right decision to stay with Juventus.
PSG Going Bacca To The Future
He has said he would like to work with Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery again -- and now Carlos Bacca could be closer to moving to the Parc des Princes, according to the Sun.
PSG are keen to replace departed talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic with another big-name forward and, having been turned down by Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann over the summer, are set to step up their interest in Bacca.
Earlier this month the Colombia international praised Emery -- with whom he worked at Sevilla -- and said PSG had been in touch about a potential move over the summer.
He told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that Emery "is the best coach I've ever had.
"He brought out the best in me and is the one that has given me the most confidence. I would like to work with him again."
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