Chelsea’s board are said to be losing patience with their manager Antonio Conte’s constant complaints about their transfer policy.
As we reported earlier the Italian coach said last night that he has little or no control over transfer targets at Stamford Bridge.
However, according to a report on Sky Sports today sources at the club maintain this is untrue, and they are doing everything they can to bring in their managers preferred targets.
Chelsea’s board and their manager now seem at loggerheads over this issue, and the chances of Conte remaining manager at Stamford Bridge beyond next summer seem to be decreasing by the day.
Despite the former Juventus and Italian national team coaches protestations that his club cannot compete in the transfer market, The Blues did in fact spend £202m on five big-money signings last summer – Antonio Rudiger (£34m), Tiemoue Bakayoko (£40m), Alvaro Morata (£70m), David Zappacosta (£23m) and Danny Drinkwater (£35m).
So far this January, they have signed England international Ross Barkley from Everton for £15 million and remain locked in negotiations with Roma to sign left-back Emerson Palmieri and former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.