Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could be handed upwards of £200m to spend this summer if he agrees to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Reports in the Telegraph suggest that the Italian will commit his future to the Premier League champions by signing a contract extension that will see him become the club’s highest ever paid manager.
The Blues are looking to tie Conte down and thus end weeks of speculation linking him with a return to Italy. Inter Milan are prepared to offer the former Italy head coach a significant amount of money to spend on new players, but it seems Chelsea are also willing to make a similar promise when it comes to transfer funds this summer.
The report in the Telegraph that claims Conte will sign a new £9.6m-a-year deal also suggests that he will be handed £200m to spend, as the Blues look to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.
On Conte’s wish-list is said to be Southampton’s coveted defender Virgil van Dijk, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
With uncertainty surrounding the future of top scorer Diego Costa, the Blues will likely prioritise signing a forward above anything else, although they are also understood to be on the lookout for a new wing-back and back-up goalkeeper.
Whilst Conte’s focus remains on this weekend’s FA Cup final with Arsenal, he could soon agree to a new deal at Stamford Bridge and will then swiftly turn his attentions to the upcoming transfer window as he looks to plot a defence of the Premier League title he claimed in his first year in English football.