Having let a grand total of 20 players leave Stamford Bridge for pastures new this summer, it was hoped by many fans that the Chelsea board would be terribly busy announcing deals and smashing all sorts of transfer records on a daily basis in order to provide Antonio Conte with a monstrous squad, capable of challenging for silverware on all four fronts this upcoming season. However, the reigning Premier League champions have signed just four players. Yes, four…
Now, transfers are a complicated business and with rising agent fees, not to mention the outrageous demands of the precious modern-day footballer, there may be a host of different reasons as to why Chelsea have been unsuccessful in the transfer market this summer. But could the champion’s transfer inactivity be an indication of the upcoming departure of head coach Antonio Conte?
Over the course of the summer, numerous media outlets, have reported that Antonio Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy have been in constant disagreement regarding transfer targets. According to the Express, Conte was involved in a stand-off with the Chelsea board this week, with the Italian reported to be focused on signing players like Antonio Candreva and Fernando Llorente who would allow Chelsea to challenge for titles this season. In contrast, the Express report that the Chelsea board were only willing to target younger players who would guarantee the club success in the future.
Of course, the future interests of the club must be considered by the club’s directors when signing new players, but does it not seem a little strange that the board are unwilling to back a manager who won the Premier League in his first season in England? Or at least appease him with one or two signings of his own?
Given the board’s unwillingness to reason with the Italian coach and his transfer suggestions, it would seem to me that Chelsea and Roman Abramovich are already preparing for life without Conte. If the Chelsea owner is refusing to work with his manager to bring players into the club, it would appear that the Italian is a dead man walking.
The last time the Chelsea board refused to back their manager in the transfer market was in the 2015-16 season when Jose Mourinho was sacked after 16 games.
Could Conte be on his way out of Chelsea after winning the Premier League title in his first season? Let us know your thoughts about Chelsea’s transfer inactivity in the comments below.