CHELSEA are lining up a double move to sign Riyad Mahrez and Alex Sandro as Antonio Conte plots to take the club to the next level.
The Blues boss is not settling for winning the Premier League in his first year in England and now wants to build a squad capable of conquering Europe.
That means attempting to sign at least four new players because he is concerned that his current group lack the depth needed to defend the title and compete in the Champions League.
Juventus left-back Sandro has made a big impression on Conte with his form in Europe and is a player the manager would love to have at Stamford Bridge.
The Telegraph claim the Blues have already registered an interest with the Serie A club, and they could be ready to test the water with a bid of around £35million.
Juve value the Brazilian full-back at £45m, and they would battle hard to keep hold of the player, although they are unlikely to be able to compete with Chelsea’s spending power when it comes to wages.
Though Marcos Alonso performed well last season, the left side is an area Chelsea do not have much cover on so Conte is keen address that shortcoming.
The interest in Mahrez is only tentative at this stage as Chelsea assess their attacking midfielder options.
They have Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian at their disposal, but beyond that trio there are few other options.
And with Hazard now likely to miss the first six weeks of the season after breaking his ankle, Conte knows he may be short of coverage.
Mahrez has proved he can perform both in the Premier League and in Europe during his time with Leicester.
But whether Chelsea follow up their interest in the Algerian may depend on the kind of money Leicester want for their wantaway star.
The Foxes believe Mahrez is worth £50m and though they have conceded he can leave the club to further his career, they are still insisting on holding out for the highest bidder.
Chelsea would be unlikely to match that inflated asking price, but would possibly be interested doing business at around £30m.