Former Italy international Giancarlo Antognoni claimed Southampton forward Graziano Pelle should sign for Chelsea instead of joining a Chinese Super League side this summer.
He told TMW Radio: “Pelle is courted Europe and in my opinion he should carefully evaluate the offers that have arrived.
“Conte appreciates him a lot and he should stay in the Premier League in a Chelsea shirt. It would be definitely the best solution.”
Pelle’s contract is set to expire in 12 months and a host of sides (Shandong Luneng and Hebei Fortune are reportedly offering him €15m per-year) have shown interest in the 30-year-old striker.