Chelsea Transfer News: Paul Pogba, Juan Cuadrado Plan Amid Antonio Conte Rumours

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

Juventus' French midfielder Paul Labile Pogba (L) celebrates with coach Antonio Conte after scoring during the Serie A football match Torino vs Juventus at the Olimpico stadium on September 29, 2013 in Turin. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Antonio Conte will look to former club Juventus for summer recruits if he's appointed Chelsea manager, and reports suggest the Blues will attempt to reunite Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado at Stamford Bridge.

James Gray of the Daily Express reported Chelsea are on track to appoint Conte as manager at the end of this season and cited Italian newspaper La Stampa, which claimed Pogba will be his primary target. 

Pogba has been linked with Chelsea in the past.
Pogba has been linked with Chelsea in the past.Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Conte's contract as Italy manager is set to expire after Euro 2016, and it was the 46-year-old who signed Pogba on a free transfer in 2012 while still at the helm of the Old Lady.

According to the Guardian's Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson, Conte is "keen to return to club management" and hopes to see his future resolved in the near future.

Conte's contract as Italy manager expires in July.
Conte's contract as Italy manager expires in July.LIONEL BONAVENTURE/Getty Images

Pogba won two Serie A titles and an Italian Supercup under Conte's command before the latter departed for the Italy helm in 2014, and so his arrival in west London could prove to be a boon in pursuit of the midfielder. 

However, Gianluca Di Marzio reporter David Amoyal has voiced his belief that Conte's prospective move to Stamford Bridge won't have any influence on Pogba's next destination:

The 22-year-old France international has long been tipped as one of Europe's rising powers, and with interim Chelsea chief Guus Hiddink set to move on this summer, there could be major changes afoot at the Bridge.

After a slow start to the season, Pogba is rediscovering his finest form for the Bianconeri, scoring three goals and making three assists in his last nine league appearances. Squawka Dave also outlined his impressive display in Tuesday's 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich:

The former Manchester United starlet has been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past, per Calciomercato (h/t the Telegraph) but Conte's association with the Blues could be the tipping point needed if the club are to land their man.

Gray also sourced the Telegraph's Matt Law and said Cuadrado will be handed a lifeline if Conte is appointed Chelsea boss, having seen a resurgence in form on loan at Juventus this season, as shown by BT Sport:

Cuadrado completed a £23.3 million move to Chelsea from Fiorentina in January 2015, but he made just 15 appearances for the Premier League powerhouse before agreeing a season-long loan back in Serie A.

The Colombia winger has made 30 appearances for the Bianconeri and has shown glimpses of his best back in Italy, while the arrival of Pogba could help his transition back to Chelsea when he returns from loan.