Antonio Conte tells Chelsea: I want this man to be my first signing

The 46-year-old Italian has given the club a list of players he would like to snap up when he takes charge in the summer.

It includes hitman Romelu Lukaku, who is also wanted by Manchester United, while Conte wants to bring Juan Cuadrado back from Juventus and into the first-team fold.

But it’s the capture of Nainggolan that is Conte’s priority.

Conte has long admired the 27-year-old Belgium international midfielder having watched him regularly in Serie A.