Antonio Conte is attempting to boost Chelsea’s home-grown quota for the upcoming season by targeting a number of English players in the transfer window, according to reports in the Telegraph.
Over the course of the summer, the club have waved goodbye to a number of home-grown talents. Both John Terry and Nathaniel Chalobah have left for other clubs after spending over ten years with the Blues. Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jamal Blackman, and Todd Kane have all secured loan moves away from Stamford Bridge.
At the moment, the number of home-grown players on the Chelsea books is worryingly low following the aforementioned departures. Currently, the Blues’s squad has five members who qualify as home-grown players: Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Victor Moses, Lewis Baker, and Mitchel Beeney.
However, with Premier League clubs required to have eight home-grown players over the age of twenty one, the Blues are in trouble of failing to fill their quota of home-grown players. As a result, Antonio Conte and the Chelsea board have compiled a list of English players who they will attempt to bring into the club this summer, according to the Telegraph.
As per the Telegraph, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, and Danny Drinkwater have all been identified as potential targets due to their home-grown status.
If Chelsea fail to include 8 home-grown players in their squad, the club will have to reduce its 25-man group accordingly. However, with Premier League clubs allowed to include as many players under the age of twenty, Christensen, Musonda, and Kenedy are all likely to be given squad places for the upcoming season.