Federico Bernardeschi has been a key name in Antonio Conte’s transfer targets, and the Blues boss seems to be actively participating in the negotiations of the deal that might bring the Fiorentina playmaker to Stamford bridge in the summer.
Clubs like AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur, surprisingly though; have shown interest in the Italian winger, but Conte would like to have him at West London inspite of the heavy 43 million pound price tag.
Bernardeschi was selected by Conte when the current Chelsea boss was the head coach of the Italian national team.He was selected to play two friendlies against Spain and Germany, but made only one appearance at Euro 2016, in the 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland.
The Fiorentina playmaker had played as a right wing back for the Italian national team, and given his style of play gifted with a strong physique and his defensive abilities, he can be a very good replacement for either Marcos Alonso or Victor Moses. Alonso was a team mate of Bernardeschi at Fiorentina and should Victor Moses be unavailable due to injury concerns, he could be the right man to play as right wing back.
But Conte has the likes of Kennedy who has returned from Watford due to the lack of playing time at Vicarage Road. Given his style of play, Conte may not need Bernardeschi in the summer because by then Kenedy would have been a good choice for a wing back position given his sublime defending skills and shooting ability, and the goal he scored for Chelsea against Norwich is a clear example of that.
Another reason why Conte might be in pursuit of a majority of players he played at Juventus or Serie A or the Italian national team can be that the players could take less time to settle under him and get into the first team to play matches for Chelsea.
Bernardeschi is a quality player and a technically gifted one as well. But given Chelsea’s massive loan army and the supremely skilled players on the bench, Conte should save the 43 million pounds as of now.