The spotlight for most of Atalanta's amazing run to finish in the top spots of Serie A was focused on midfielder Franck Kessié. But after a scintillating first half of the season, his upwards momentum lost a bit of steam after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, and the stage was open for others to step up.
One of them was right midfielder/wing back Andrea Conti, who is now the subject of interest from Chelsea and Inter Milan according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport (via Football Italia). AC Milan, who are looking to begin their rebuilding efforts after the end of their takeover saga, are also in the race.
The Rossoneri have taken the lead in the chase for Franck Kessié in the last few weeks, and are believed to be close to wrapping up a €28 million deal for the Ivory Coast international. But their efforts at killing two birds with one stone by adding Andrea Conti to their shopping cart failed with Atalanta are asking for €25 million to let the 23-year-old leave the club.
Conti spent most of his time at Atalanta occupying the right flank of their 3-4-2-1/3-4-1-2 tactical scheme. Similarly to Victor Moses, Conti can make an impact at both ends of the pitch. He had chipped in with 8 goals and 5 assists in 33 league appearances this season, while also helping Atalanta to the fourth best defense in the league.
Throughout the 2016-17 season, Victor Moses has had no competition for the right wing-back position. In that regard, Conti would be a great and relatively cheap addition to the club. Although Chelsea might choose to go for a name with more experience, Conti is coming off a great year playing a role quite similar to Moses's. This means he would probably have little to no issues adapting to Conte's tactical system, and thus offer at the very least a capable back-up whenever we need one.