Conte raiding Atalanta for Conti

February 19, 2017
Andrea Conti celebrates after scoring in front of watching Chelsea scouts

Andrea Conti celebrates after scoring in front of watching Chelsea scouts

CHELSEA scouts were in attendance for Atalanta’s recent clash against Crotone, according to reports in Italy.

However, the Blues were NOT watching the highly-rated Franck Kessie — but his team-mate, Andrea Conti.

Atalanta have been a revelation in Serie A this season and the Lecco Eurostar — as he has been named by some of his team-mates  — scored the only goal of the game as his side beat Crotone 1-0.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that Blues scouts have been to look at the 22-year-old right-back on more than one occasion this season as Antonio Conte looks to build a stronger squad.

And Conti will be available at the relatively low price of £12.8million.

Victor Moses has excelled for Chelsea in that right-wing back role — and his performances even saw him touted with a move to Barcelona.

But, should the Nigerian international suffer an injury, the Blues don’t have a suitable replacement in their squad.

Andrea Conti has been one of the stars of the season in impressive Atalanta campaign

Andrea Conti has been one of the stars of the season in impressive Atalanta campaign
Andrea Conti slots home to secure hard-fought 1-0 win for Atalanta against Crotone

Andrea Conti slots home to secure hard-fought 1-0 win for Atalanta against Crotone
Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his squad ahead of 2017-18 campaign

Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his squad ahead of 2017-18 campaign
Victor Moses has shone at right wing back, but Chelsea don't have replacement

Victor Moses has shone at right wing back, but Chelsea don’t have replacement
Andrea Conti celebrates with highly-rated team-mate, Franck Kessie

Andrea Conti celebrates with highly-rated team-mate, Franck Kessie

Conti made his professional debut in a 1-0 Coppa Italia home loss against Savona in 2013 while on loan at Perugia.

Two years later, he played his first match for Atalanta and has become a regular this season.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are currently in fourth place — ahead of the likes of Lazio,InterAC Milan and Fiorentina.

And they are just three points behind Napoli in that final Champions League position.

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk


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