Blues linked with Pelle

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle continues to be linked with a summer move to Chelsea to team up with Italy boss Antonio Conte.

Chelsea: Blues linked with PelleChelsea: Blues linked with Pelle

Pelle, who impressed when scoring for Italy in their 2-0 Euro 2016 Group E win over Belgium on Monday, is reportedly a target for his national boss, who will leave his post in charge of the Azzurri and take over at Chelsea following the tournament.

The 30-year-old only has a year left on his Saints deal and could therefore be allowed to move on this summer, with Chelsea ready to test the club’s resolve to keep him by offering around £8million when Conte takes charge.

The former Juventus manager is clearly a fan of the former Feyenoord man as he started him up front against Belgium and he is being tipped to try and bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, he has been cleared to play Friday’s Group E match against Sweden after the Italian Football Federation confirmed the foot injury he picked up against Belgium was not serious, while he has also not been affected by the dislocated finger he suffered in the game.

“Pelle underwent tests for a knock on his foot sustained on Monday. The tests results have been negative,” the Italian Football Federation tweeted.

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