Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has reflected on what was a chaotic summer transfer window for Chelsea, Sky Sports reports.

The Chelsea manager hasn’t held back on his disappointment on losing out to several targets he wanted the club to sign.

Ross Barkley’s £35m move to the Blues collapsed whilst Fernando Llorente decided to join rivals Tottenham on deadline day.

Perhaps the biggest failure on the club’s behalf was not getting a deal for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro over the line. Italian news website Calciomercato reported that a mammoth £73m bid for the Brazilian was turned down by the Serie A giants.

When speaking to Sky Sports, Conte insists that he is happy with the players currently at the club but was quiet on potential incomings in January.

Conte is quoted by Sky Sports saying:

“For a club like Chelsea, the target is to fight until the end for every competition, and to do this, it is important to have a number of players.”

“But I am very happy to work with my players, and in every moment I try to give my opinion to my club, but it is right that the club take the last decision.”

Will Conte get the players he wants in the upcoming transfer window?

We can only predict as to how Chelsea handle transfer dealings in the new year.

Past times suggest that it’s trickier to sign players in January than it is midway through the calendar year.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Conte pressures the board into making another attempt to sign a player like Sandro.

However, he may have to look to alternatives if a deal for the talented defender can’t be reached.

What is for sure is that it’s set to be an exciting start to 2018 for Chelsea.

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