Chelsea are offering €64 million for Marco Verratti.
However, Verratti, 24, has told PSG he wants to stay in Paris and will reject the Blues’ offer in a bid to improve his current deal of £120,000 a week.
Former Italy manager Conte sees Verratti as a way to increase his creative options next season.
Over the course of this season, the Blues’ boss relied on N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic to control possession. But faced with the dual challenge of domestic and European football next term, Conte wants more tactical flexibility.
Verratti has been compared to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo in terms of his play-making ability — something Conte believes his current squad lacks.