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Antonio Conte wants another Juventus midfielder at Chelsea - report

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According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via their English language edition, Gazzetta World) Antonio Conte wants to bring Juventus player Kwadwo Asamoah to Stamford Bridge this summer. The Ghanaian midfielder played for Conte from 2012 to 2014, and was an important part of Juve's successes during that time..

Asamoah arrived at Juventus in 2012, initially in a a co-ownership deal with Udinese, with Juventus picking up the buy-option after the first season. Under Conte's guidance he was often used as a left midfielder and left wing back, but could also play as a central midfielder if needed. He played 83 games across all competitions in the two seasons with Conte as club manager and saw his contract

However, with Massimiliano Allegri at helm, Asamoah has only seen the pitch in 23 games, thanks in part to a major knee injury suffered in November 2014 — which is when he was also first linked with Chelsea.  He made his comeback later that season, but he continued to play just a bit part throughout all of 2015-16 as Juventus waltzed to yet another domestic title.  With just a year left on his contract and not much of role to play in the team, Juventus would probably not be averse to collecting a few million for him.  Gazzetta reckon this could be upwards of €20 million, which sounds far too much.

Given the obvious links between Conte and Serie A players — especially the ones that he worked with — it's not surprising to see Asamoah's name pop up.  He was once a fairly useful player, very versatile and capable just about anywhere in midfield, but his lack of action since the knee injury is concerning.  Chelsea also have plenty of options for the left flank as it stands, so spending tens of millions just for another seems like a terrible idea.  Hopefully this is nothing more than just idle chatter.

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