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Antonio Conte wants Lazio winger to join him at Chelsea — report

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According to Italian news outlet Il Tempo, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants versatile Lazio winger-midfielder Antonio Candreva to join him at Stamford Bridge this summer. Candreva is also believed to be a transfer target of Serie A club Inter Milan and Champions League's runners-up Atlético Madrid.

It is reported that Candreva's transfer fee would be around €25 million to €28 million, with the player looking to leave Lazio due to lack of European football in the next season as they finished 8th in the Italian league. Although Chelsea are also out of European competitions for the 2016-17 season, his belief is that Chelsea have a better shot of making it back to Europe than Lazio.

Candreva, with 37 international caps to his name, is part of Antonio Conte's Italy squad for the Euros, and a good showing there would certainly fuel the fire behind this rumor.  Candreva, as unheralded as he may be, had a good World Cup for Italy as well in 2014, including a dominant game-changing performance against England in their opening game (a 2-1 win for Italy, then managed by Cesare Prandelli).

In the 2015-16 season, the 29-year-old scored 12 goals, matching his career high, and assisted 5 in 44 matches across league, domestic cup and Europa League appearances. He played mostly on the right wing, but his versatility allows him to play on the opposite flank as well. At the Italian national team, he's seen the pitch as a wide midfielder on both flanks and also playing upfront as the right-most attacker of a three-forward set-up.

Candreva was Lazio's top goalscorer this season (a fact that says more about Lazio than Candreva, one suspects) and has been one of their main players in the last few years. Nevertheless, a transfer fee upwards of €25 million (just under £20 million at current exchange rates) for a 29-year-old winger seems too steep in any measure.