Chelsea confident of completing transfers for Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoue Bakayoko

Antonio Conte is keen to make big signings after landing the Premier League title.

Conte is looking for around six new players at Stamford Bridge and could ship as many out with Diego Costa on his axe list.

The Blues boss has identified Everton striker Lukaku as a replacement for Costa and is also keen on playing Monaco’s Bakayoko in midfield with N’Golo Kante.

And according to the London Evening Standard, Chelsea are hopeful of finalising deals for Lukaku and Bakayoko.

Everton will demand at least £70million for Lukaku, who they bought from Chelsea for £28m in 2014 after a successful loan spell.

Everton have been the early spenders in the transfer market so far with boss Ronald Koeman shelling out nearly £50m on Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen.

And if Koeman wants to keep spending big then Chelsea will be happy to bolster their transfer budget with a move for 24-year-old Lukaku.

Bakayoko, 22, is another top target for Conte and is valued at around £50m by Monaco.

Chelsea have already agreed terms with free agent Willy Caballero after he left Manchester City.

The goalkeeper is expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge on July 1 and join first summer signing Billy Gilmour from Rangers.

Conte is also looking for a centre-back, having let John Terry leave.

He likes Virgil van Dijk but Southampton have said in no uncertain terms that he is not for sale.

Conte is a long-term admirer of Juventus ace Leonardo Bonucci, who he managed in Turin and for the national team.

And Chelsea are also looking at attacking midfielders with Riyad Mahrez a target.

Mahrez has revealed he will leave Leicester this summer, after agreeing to stay for one more season following their unlikely title success.

Conte initially wanted Napoli’s Dries Mertens but he signed a new contract in May.

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