Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has suggested that Chelsea need to spend £250M on new signings in order to remain competitive, report The Sun.

There has been no shortage of acquisitions over the past six months. In the summer, we welcomed the arrivals of Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater.

In the January transfer window, Antonio Conte added Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud to his ranks, increasing the squad depth he has at his disposal ahead of the business end of the season.

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea for £18m on an 18-month contract.

However, as shown during Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge, we are some way away from being able to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Conte believes what we need is FURTHER additions. He claims that we should not be looking to sign bagfuls of players, rather two or three that would be an immediate improvement on our current starting eleven.

Conte is quoted by The Sun saying:

“We must be realistic and understand our level is. Now we have to struggle to fight for a Champions League place. Then, in the future, if there is the possibility, you have to try to buy only two or three — not eight players.”

The Sun have interpreted this that we could be in the market for the likes of AS Monao winger Thomas Lemar, Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld, who they believe would cost around £250M in the modern transfer market.

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