Monday, 26 September 2016

CAHILL and IVANOVIC To Face Conte's EXIT DOOR as David Luiz's Place at RISK

Antonio Conte is ready to launch a ruthless defensive clear-out following his side's calamitious 3-0 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday evening at the 2016-17 Premier League.

Branislav Ivanovic and central defender Gary Cahill, at fault for Arsenal's first goal, are expected to be phased out as the Chelsea boss looks to bolster his back four, who have conceded 12 goals in just four games.

The pending returns of skipper John Terry and fellow centre back Kurt Zouma from injury will provide more options for Conte in the coming weeks.

But the 35-year-old Terry's career drawing to a close, Conte has his eye on signing a new full back and two centre backs, which could also cast doubts over David Luiz's position as a first-choice central defender.

Conte failed to land his top defensive targets in the summer - Leonardo Bonucci, of Juventus, and Kalidou Koulibaly, of Napoli. He eventually added left back Marcos Alonso and David Luiz who returned to the Blues from Paris Saint-Germain.

But Conte still believes he needs to increase his options at the back in the next two transfer windows.


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