Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly targeting Genoa winger Diego Laxalt in a bid to add depth to his squad for the second half of the season.
The Blues are flying high amid an 11-game winning streak which has seen them move six points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
In order to ensure that they sustain their good form and momentum though, Conte will likely make moves in January to strengthen his squad and add depth where possible.
According to The Mirror, that starts with Laxalt, with the 23-year-old joining Genoa in a permanent deal this past summer and is reportedly available for the right price.
As shown with David Luiz so far this season, Conte has the ability to make a questionable signing turn into an inspired one, with the Brazilian defender now a focal point in the club’s successful run.
On paper, the signing of Laxalt it another questionable decision, as the Uruguayan is talented, but hasn’t particularly done much of note in Serie A to warrant a move to Stamford Bridge.
While he impressed during his initial loan spell with Genoa last season, many will question if he is Chelsea material, and they would be asking a legitimate question for sure.
However, Conte has the man-management skills and tactical quality to take players to the next level, and if an agreement for Laxalt is reached, Chelsea supporters will undoubtedly give the pair time to work together and improve in order to prove any doubters wrong.
Further, depth is needed at Chelsea in order for the squad to sustain their current form, and Laxalt may prove to be a useful if not extravagant addition.