Chelsea were absolutely superb in Antonio Conte’s first campaign in charge, but the Italian seems unhappy with the depth of his squad as the new season looms large on the horizon.
Unlike last term, the West London outfit will have to cope with the extra demands of Champions League football, whilst none of the Blues’ key summer signings have any experience of playing in the Premier League.
It therefore makes sense to target English talent between now and the close of the summer transfer window, with reports in The Sun suggesting that the club could submit a bid in the region of £40m for Danny Rose.
Although Spurs are unlikely to want to lose their starting left-back to a potential title rival, the sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City for an initial fee of £45m shows that they are prepared to do business at the right price.
The 27-year-old certainly boasts the sort of experience that Chelsea are looking for, having clocked up 135 appearances in the top-flight, 27 of which came during a loan spell at Sunderland back in 2012/13:
|POS: DEF||AGE: 27Y 1M|
|HEIGHT: 5FT 8IN||WEIGHT: 11ST 4LB|
Having played a part in 43 clean sheets during his Premier League career, Rose clearly knows how to defend, whilst his eight-goal return across the last five campaigns hints at his attacking prowess.
During his time at White Hart Lane, the England international has largely been deployed at left-back, though he does have some experience of being used in a wing-back role under Mauricio Pochettino:
|27Y 1M||AGE||26Y 7M|
|5FT 8IN||HEIGHT||6FT 2IN|
|11ST 4LB||WEIGHT||13ST 4LB|
|PL | TOT |||| CHE | PL|
|06/16 - 06/17||06/16 - 06/17|
Marcos Alonso proved last season what can be achieved from this position at Chelsea, scoring six goals and playing a part in 15 clean sheets, and bringing in the Tottenham man would certainly give Conte two fantastic options.
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