Chelsea hope to use the money raised by Oscar’s £60m departure for Shanghai SIPG to reinforce in midfield and defence next month, with discussions also planned with Diego Costa’s representatives aimed at securing the striker to a new deal.
Antonio Conte accompanied the Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo, to France this month to watch Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko and Djibril Sidibé in the Champions League against Tottenham Hotspur. Prising either player away in January may be difficult given the Ligue 1 club are involved in the Champions League – they play Manchester City in the knockout stage – but both are aware of the interest.
Fenerbahce’s Simon Kjaer and the Roma pair Antonio Rüdiger and Radja Nainggolan have been heavily scouted.
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