Chelsea eyeing double summer transfer swoop for two outstanding international defensive talents

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Reports in Italy suggest that Chelsea are planning a transfer raid on Serie A this summer, with two excellent defensive talents on the club’s radar.

According to Gazzetta World, Chelsea are interested in a move for Internazionale’s Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, a player who has long been tipped for a move to the Premier League.

Samir Handanovic Inter Milan

Thibaut Courtois has endured a miserable season, while it remains to be seen whether incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will consider backup stopper Asmir Begovic as a potential option for the No. 1 jersey.

However, it remains to be seen whether Handanovic, at 31, would be willing to leave Lombardy for a club who couldn’t offer him Champions League football.

The Gazzetta have also credited Chelsea with keen interest in Napoli’s defensive powerhouse Kalidou Koulibaly.

Kalidou Koulibaly

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The 24-year-old defender—who is a Senegal international—has enjoyed an excellent season in the top flight this season, and the Italian source report that Conte has been impressed by the defender’s form as he looks to bolster his defensive options.

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