Chelsea have taken a shock lead in the race to sign 19-year-old midfielder Franck Kessie, according to reports from Corriere dello Sport (via, The Express).
The Atalanta man has also been linked with a move for Premier League Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton, as well as fellow Serie A giants Juventus.
However, it appears that the former Italy boss has turned the head of the youngster after talks with representatives at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
The industrious Ivory Coast international, who made his debut on the international stage in 2014, has bagged six goals and two assists so far this season, from a largely defensive role, something which would definitely attract Antonio Conte.
Should a move emerge in the January window, it is thought any deal would cost the west London side, who extended their Premier League winning streak to ten in the week with a win over Sunderland to keep them top, around £17m.