Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic both left off of Chelsea's preseason squad

Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic both left off of Chelsea's preseason squad

The PSG defender is being eyed as a replacement for Danilo, who is set to depart from Santiago Bernabeu.

But Conte will have to move quickly after Bourussia Dortmund insisted it was now or never if the Stamford Bridge club are to make a £65million move.

Atletico sources point out that their key summer business has been securing the extended contracts of homegrown stars Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez, both of whom are wanted by Europe's elite.

Meunier progressed through the ranks at Virton before making his first-team debut in 2009.

Since he arrived in London, Antonio Conte has had one overriding wish, which was to sign a centre-back trained in his homeland.

Although Rüdiger has spent some time linked with Chelsea now, his arrival does appear to be designed to mollify Conte in the short term.

Desailly says fellow Frenchman Bakayoko will slot in immediately at Chelsea but called for the club to be more active in the transfer window, having missed out on former striker Romelu Lukaku, who instead joined Manchester United from Everton for £75m.

Rüdiger's versatility is definitely an asset, but this same quality has also played a part in holding him back.

At the tail end of last season, the Catalan publicly expressed his frustration with the players he has been using to fill positions of significant importance to his tactics - most notably Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov - stating that "they have no talent in the legs to go up and down". It's stated that Morata is the 'express request' of Antonio Conte, and the Italian wants to see him signed. With Diego Simeone increasingly agitated by his side's inability to do business, the Blues expect Atletico to meet their asking price shortly. As per the report, the player fell onto the radar of the Real Madrid boss after his exploits against Barcelona in the Champions League last season.