Conte is also known to be an admirer of Inter Milan centre back Andrea Ranocchia, who is on loan at Inter Milan. Ranocchia, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season. Chelsea already face competition for Stones, 21, from Manchester City. The Stamford Bridge club are in the market for a top
Assistant boss Brian Kidd, set to remain at City as part of Guardiola’s staff – as revealed in the Daily Star Sunday last week – would be an obvious candidate. It all means the managerial spotlight will remain on Manchester, with Jose Mourinho convinced he’ll replace Louis van Gaal at neighbours United in the summer.