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Antonio Conte assistant scouting two Inter Milan players for Chelsea - report

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According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia), future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sent one of his assistants to scout Inter Milan players Ivan Perisic and Jeison Murillo for the Blues. Conte's assistant was seen in the 1-0 loss suffered by Inter at the hands of Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris yesterday.

It is believed that Conte's assistant was also monitoring Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti, but for national duty instead as the manager is still looking for options to add to the Italy squad for the European Championships this summer.

Croatian winger Perisic has been linked with a Chelsea move previously, with his agent claiming that his client was "very excited" to have drawn interest from the club and Conte as well. Meanwhile, Colombian defender Murillo seems to be another name favoured by Conte to serve as an upgrade to our current backline. This season, the 23-year-old player made 32 appearances as a centre-back for Inter, having solid performances alongside Brazil's national team defender Miranda.

Both Perisic and Murillo joined Inter recently, signing on five-year contracts just last summer. While Perisic hasn't had a stellar season in the Nerazzurri's attack, Murillo has been an important player for his team as they have the third-best defence in Serie A in terms of goals allowed with 31 in 34 games, only behind Juventus and Napoli, the top two teams in the league.

In any case, Chelsea should be prepared to open their pockets if they want to get back to Champions League football next season and Murillo could certainly help us in that regard.

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