In the early hours of Friday morning, the Times published an article claiming that Antonio Conte was angry at the Chelsea board for their failure to land Fernando Llorente, who subsequently joined Tottenham on transfer deadline day.
In the report, the Times claimed that the Premier League champions offered ‘just’ £5M for Llorente, who eventually joined arch-rivals Spurs in a £11.5M deal.
With Alvaro Morata sustaining a hamstring injury during the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, you could argue that Conte is right to be disgruntled at his lack of options upfront, with Michy Batshuayi now being the lone available striker. However, he cannot blame the board.
Club policy is to only offer a one-year contract to over 30s. We saw it time and time again with John Terry, and It’s why there was always such a big question mark over his future. If we were not prepared to break that policy for a club legend – why should we for Llorente?
We could easily have seen Llorente arrive for £11.5M, or more, and then depart on a free transfer the following summer. That’s not good business. Conte has every reason to be discontent, but to point the finger at the board is, quite frankly, wrong.