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Antonio Conte became one of the few managers to lift the Premier League title in their debut season in England. His Chelsea side managed to seal the deal with three games left in the season and have been one of the most consistent teams in England. However, they are a bit short of quality in their squad and will also have to work on the squad depth for next season.
Chelsea are expected to fight on all four fronts and will need all the depth they can acquire this summer. They are looking at some of the biggest talents in Europe and with the league title to show for, they are sure to entice a number of those targets to the Bridge. Here are three such players Chelsea could sign this summer:
The Belgian international has been in impeccable form this season and is a contender for the Golden Boot. However, the lack of progress at the Goodison Park has seen him reject a contract extension and there are reports that he has decided to move back to the Stamford Bridge to prove himself in his second stint. With Diego Costa linked with an exit, Lukaku could be the first choice striker for Conte next season.
One of the most wanted players in the Premier League this summer; Virgil van Dijk could be the coup of the window for Chelsea. With John Terry set to leave and Gary Cahill not expected to be the first choice, Conte needs more than one addition to his defence and Van Dijk can reduce that necessity. Standing as one of the best centre-backs in the league this season, the Dutch international is expected to cost over £50m and Chelsea are one of the few clubs who can afford a defender at that price.
Another player Conte desperately wants at Chelsea is Brazilian midfielder Maia. A central midfielder by trait, Maia is still learning the game but has impressed in his time at Santos. He made his way into the senior side just a year ago and is already one of the brightest youngsters in his country. He is touted as a future superstar and Conte has kept a constant eye on him. So he is one player Chelsea are sure to approach this summer. However, he may not be a first team player yet at the Stamford Bridge and will be a signing for the future.