Chelsea FC News: Antonio Conte confirmed as new manager; Who are his potential targets?

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In the latest Chelsea FC news, the club has confirmed on Monday that Antonio Conte will become their new manager starting next season. Conte will begin his Chelsea career after he finishes his duties as the manager of the Italian national team at Euro 2016.

“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League,” Conte said via club’s official website.

The 46-year-old manager led Italian-club Juventus to three straight Serie A titles from 2011 to 2014 before signing a two-year deal with the Italian Football Federation. His contract with Chelsea is reportedly for three years.

Conte is tasked to revive the 2014-15 English champions that have faltered this campaign. The London-based club currently sits 10th in the EPL table after 31 matches, but has a 15-match unbeaten run that could help them qualify for the Europa League next season.

Interim manager Guus Hiddink has done a great job since taking over Jose Mourinho lasts December. However, Conte will be looking to rebuild the Chelsea squad by buying players and selling those who are not a part of his plans. Who are his potential targets?

According to a report by The Independent, Conte’s primary signing will be former Chelsea and current Everton striker Romelu Lukkaku. The Belgian international was sold to Everton for £28 million but his value has ballooned to about £ 50 million.

Other potential targets for the Blues are PSG striker Edinson Cavani and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, per Bleacher Report. In other Chelsea FC News, American prospect Matt Miazga made his senior debut playing defense in the 4-0 win against Aston Villa last Saturday.

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