The Chelsea board’s low-balling was one of the major frustrations of the summer transfer window for the fans, and this story is not going to improve your mood.
According to the Times, the Premier League champions offered just £5M in exchange for Swansea City centre-forward Fernando Llorente, prior to his move to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The Times claim that Conte wanted Llorente in January, but the Chelsea board were not convinced he would prove to be a worthy acquisition. Their £5M bid looks utterly ridiculous when you consider that the same report claims he joined Spurs for £11.5M on deadline day – more than double that figure.
The Times note that Conte is now ‘frustrated’ over his lack of striking options, and why shouldn’t he be when the board are penny-pinching in this manner? Having won the Premier League title, this was our chance to reinforce and strengthen; we’re not convinced that we have.