Conte denies interest in signing Sanchez

Antonio Conte has denied knowledge of Chelsea making a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez’s Arsenal exit, along with his next destination, is the story that has dominated the headlines over the last week. Man City were the early front runners and had agreed personal terms with the 29-year-old and lodged a £20m for his services.

However City were forced to withdraw their interest in the Chilean after Manchester United came in with a better financial package in terms of both transfer fee and personal terms.

It is thought Manchester United have agreed personal terms with the player, with the future of Henrikh Mkhitaryan currently holding up the deal, but reports this morning suggest that Chelsea are also interested in signing Sanchez.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has denied the reports, claiming he does not know of any approach. When asked in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clubs FA Cup replay against Norwich if the club were actively pursuing Sanchez, Conte replied:

“I dont know, I dont think so.”

Chelsea were one of the clubs that were heavily linked with a move for Sanchez in the summer, and whether they are willing, or able to match the financial power of Man Utd is yet to be seen, however they do have the added benefit of the player being able to stay in London should he chose to move to Stamford Bridge.