Antonio Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to be drawn on speculation linking his club with a late move for Everton winger Ross Barkley, reveals the Express.

The 23-year-old has been tipped for a summer transfer to Stamford Bridge, with the Telegraph reporting that the two clubs will sit down after the match on Sunday to thrash out a deal for the England international, who scored five goals for the Toffees last term.

Chelsea’s Italian manager is reported to be interested in adding more additions to his squad before the transfer window comes to an end on Thursday. Yet, when asked about the possibility of signing Ross Barkley, the Blues manager refused to comment.

I’m sorry I can’t answer that question”, Conte said in a press conference attended by the Express.

To speak about players who play for another club is not right or respectful to the other club – or my players.”

Barkley is currently out injured and was unavailable for selection against Chelsea on Sunday as Everton visited Stamford Bridge.

If Chelsea fail to land the Everton player, Conte will look to sign Danny Drinkwater or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have both been linked with a move to London by the Telegraph.

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