Antonio Conte one of the most vocal managers to be gracing the Premier League this season is on the market for a new central defender. Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the names doing the rounds for a really long time now. If all go well then Chelsea might be bringing in both the centre backs to the Premier League. Conte a fairly defensive minded coach will definitely want a strong defence like he had been able to forge with the Italian national team.
Mustafi is one of the most reliable defenders to grace the modern game. The ease with which Mustafi has established himself in the game of football is really amazing. The German international is strong on the ball and with ease, he reads the game. This defender has seen a meteoric rise to his career after the 2014 World Cup.
The former Everton man is only 24 years old and with the right push he can establish himself as one of the best defenders in the recent years. After the hugely disappointing season that Valencia endured under the leadership of Gary Neville, Mustafi has long expressed his desire to join the Premier League.
Arsenal and Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign the German centre back. Arsene Wenger will be looking to bolster his defence after the injury sustained by Mertesacker which will keep him out of first team football for a really long time. But Chelsea seem to be lurking in the shadows as it prepares itself to hijack this deal like so many before. Antonio Conte is looking to build a defensive partnership like he so famously forged at Juventus and also with the Italian National team. Playing a 4 man wall of Buffon at goal and Bonucci, Chiellini and Barzagli at the heart of the Juventus team.
He won the Serie A 3 times with almost the same back 4 for the entirety of his reign. Mustafi will fit right into his plans. Strong in the air, sticks to the man, excellent passing and his ability to keep his cool at the right time is something that Conte looks in his defenders and Mustafi has delivered them in the last few years. With John Terry providing the inspiration and probably nurturing the young talent Mustafi would really benefit if he moves to the other side of London.
A defensive partnership could be forged between Gary Cahill and Mustafi and even if the Napoli man also joins Chelsea’s defence should not have any problems in the near future. With Lukaku most probably being the last piece of the puzzle and the other players coming back to form Chelsea sure mean business this season. Without the distraction of the Champions League, they seem like a team out for vengeance.