Chelsea are set to step up efforts in their pursuit of Juventus’ Alex Sandro and Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, as they hope to appease head coach Antonio Conte, say The Guardian.
Conte, who is currently on holiday in Italy, is rumoured to be unhappy with the Chelsea board for their lack of transfer activity. As a result, the Italian has reportedly considered leaving the club, with none of his transfer targets having been signed, as The Metro reported.
The Guardian also report that the relationship between the 47-year-old and Chelsea’s board has been put under increased strain, following his decision to inform Diego Costa that the striker would not be in his plans next season.
Chelsea are, as The Guardian suggest, hoping that an improved bid of £55m for Sandro, who has seven caps for Brazil, could tempt Juventus to part with the left-back. The Blues are also set to increase their offer to Monaco for Bakayoko to £40m, with the player having reportedly already decided that he will be joining Chelsea, per L’Equipe via Sport Witness.
Speaking earlier in the week, The Guardian quoted Juventus’ general manager, Beppe Marotta, who said that the club had rejected an offer from Chelsea for Sandro, but indicated that the saga may not be over.
“But I don’t know what he [Sandro] thinks about the interest,” Marotta said. “Players are masters of their own destinies.”
The Guardian also report that Conte’s side are also set to wrap up a deal for former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the coming weeks, as back-up for Thibaut Courtois and as a replacement for the departed Asmir Begovic.