Antonio Conte eyes reunion with Italian starlet at Chelsea

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Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will reportedly target Fiorentina and Italy ace Federico Bernardeschi in the summer.

The talented 22-year-old made his debut for the national side during the most recent international break, with Conte left impressed with his talent level at such a young age.

Having grown into an important part of Paulo Sousa’s plans in Florence, the youngster has made great strides this season and is seen as a key player for the future for both club and country.

In turn, it is no surprise to see Conte linked with a move, as reported by Football Italia, as he is expected to take Bernardeschi to France with him this summer and could end up being reunited with him for pre-season training with Chelsea.

Their time together at Euro 2016 will likely give Conte an opportunity to assess Bernardeschi at close quarters, which could lead to him confirming his belief that the Italian winger is ready for a move to the Premier League.

ESPN FC reported on the confirmation of the 46-year-old’s expected arrival at Stamford Bridge in the summer, as he will be appointed as the long-term successor to Jose Mourinho.

Given the similarities in their styles and approach to the game, the former Juventus boss is seen as an ideal appointment by many, although time will tell whether or not that is the case.

Nevertheless, what is certain is that he will look to stamp his mark on the squad this summer, and that means the arrival of several new faces given the financial backing that he can expect from owner Roman Abramovich.

Whether or not Bernardeschi is among the new group to arrive remains to be seen, but the left-footed starlet has shown different aspects of his game this season which suggest that he is more than capable of adjusting and being successful in England.

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