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Antonio Conte lifted the Premier League title in his first year at Chelsea but the loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup final showed how much improvement his team needs if they are to compete with the best in Europe next season.
The Italian gaffer has used an exciting system at the club and his full-backs have been at the top of their game recently. The 26-year Nigerian winger was brilliant playing as the right wing back for Chelsea, but he is now set to undergo a surgery on his toe, to try and solve an issue that has been that has been affecting him for a long time. This might see him miss the start of the next season leaving Conte to search for an able replacement. Here are three players who could take his place next season:
One of the most exciting players in this position currently in Spain, Cancelo is an attacking fullback who has been in tremendous form for La Liga side Valencia. The 23-year old has been a mainstay in the first team picking up a goal and 4 assists in 35 appearances in the domestic league. He has already been linked with a move to Chelsea and with Moses now out injured, there is a great chance of Chelsea luring Cancelo to England.
The former Barcelona man has shown that he is probably the best right-back in world football. At 34, he has made 32 appearances, scoring 6 goals and picking up 7 assists in all competitions. He has helped Juventus to the Champions League final but has been linked with an exit, with Antonio Conte looking to bring him to Stamford Bridge. He has just a year left on his contract and the Italian club might be ready to sell. He will be a perfect player for Chelsea, maybe even the first choice over Moses next season.
As hard as it might be to negotiate with an owner like Daniel Levy, Chelsea should try their hand at bringing the English international to the Stamford Bridge this summer. He is currently unsettled at the club and is up for sale, with Manchester City reportedly looking to sign him up. Moses’ injury should give Chelsea enough push to try and keep Walker in London. Walker could become the first choice at Chelsea and Conte should be ready to splash the cash for his services.