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Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte looking to reunite with Chelsea trio

In the latest Inter Milan transfer news, Football Italia reports that the Serie A side are after Chelsea players Emerson Palmieri, Olivier Giroud, and Marcos Alonso. Manager Antonio Conte brought the trio to Stamford Bridge when he was Chelsea’s manager from 2016 to 2018, for a combined fee of almost £60 million.

Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have both failed to gain the trust of current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard. Lampard purchased Leicester City’s left-back Ben Chilwell for £50 million in the summer transfer window. With Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta able to deputize at left-back, it seems the time for Emerson and Alonso at Chelsea is up.

The Blues have set a £26 million price tag for the Italian full-back, Emerson. Amongst players looking to exit Stamford Bridge, Olivier Giroud has also attracted Conte’s interest. The FA Cup and Premier League-winning manager spent £18 million in the 2018 winter transfer window to bring the Frenchman to Chelsea from rivals Arsenal.

Apart from Giroud, Napoli‘s Arkadiusz Milik is also linked with a move to Inter as the Polish target hasn’t been listed for the current Serie A season by his club.

Antonio Conte interested in the trio despite summer signings and signing Kante not impossible?

Conte signed fullbacks Achraf Hakimi and veteran Serbian Aleksandr Kolarov in the summer for a combined £37.5 million. Matteo Darmian also joined the club on loan, and Conte added the permanent signings of Andrea Pinamonti along with Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez in the attack.

Despite an active summer, Conte losing Mauro Icardi to PSG has left a void to be filled in the attack. With Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku starting upfront, the Italian manager would want Giroud to give them competition. On top of that, matches are coming thick and fast with Inter are active in domestic and European competitions both.

Inter would be looking to strengthen their bench as they mount a serious title charge against Juventus and aim for a successful campaign in Europe. Emerson and Alonso would give Conte much-needed freedom to rotate his lineups, with both fullbacks already aware of Conte’s 3-5-2 system.

Conte was earlier informed by the Inter board in September that signing N’golo Kante was impossible as the Serie A club brought in three midfielders this summer, including Arturo Vidal. However, fresh reports in Italy and England have re-linked the Nerazzurri with the French defensive-midfielder.

What next for Inter?

Inter are 6th in the table but a win against their next opponents Atalanta today will send them 3rd in the table and above Juventus.

Inter are reeling in their UEFA Champions League group as they are rooted at the bottom. They would require at least 2 wins from their next 3 matches to have any chance at qualifying, and Conte will be aware of that.

Inter Milan now reflects Conte’s identity in their play, a style that won Conte the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea. The Italian would now be hoping to add the remaining pieces to his puzzle in the January transfer window.

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