Wales’ Euro 2016 sensation Ben Davies has been identified as a key part of Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge revolution, according to reports in London.
Davies, one of the standout defenders at France this summer, is being linked with a shock £20million transfer that could take him across the capital from Tottenham to Chelsea
New Blues boss Conte traditionally favours a three-man defensive system, the type Davies has fitted seamlessly into with Wales.
Under Conte, Italy adopted a similar formation with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonnuci, Andrea Barzagli his chosen ones.
So far with Chelsea, Conte has adopted a straight back four. But with skipper and club legend John Terry nearing the end of his career, the Sun report Conte is ready to swoop for Davies.
If so, the 23-year-old could eventually step into Terry’s gigantic boots on the left-hand side of Chelsea’s defence, with Gary Cahill on the right and new £34m capture David Luiz in the centre.
Davies has often found first-team opportunities limited at White Hart Lane, with boss Mauricio Pochettino preferring England’s Danny Rose at left back.
But a hamstring injury to Rose has allowed Davies back into the first-team picture in recent weeks.
Although Davies is preferred as a left-sided centre-back by Chris Coleman, he offers an attacking threat down the left flank and his versatility would make him a useful squad player should he make the switch to Stamford Bridge.
The Sun also reports that Chelsea’s interest comes as they seek to boost the number of homegrown players at the club.