Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has missed out on FOUR of his top transfer targets since lifting the Premier League title in May, according to the Times.

You would think after a manager takes a squad that finished in 10th place to the top of the league and wins the title convincingly that he would be rewarded accordingly by the club’s hierarchy.

However, Conte endured a summer of frustration. It was unclear whether he would even be Chelsea manager come the start of the 2017/18 campaign. He was, but our shortfalls in the transfer market have continued to frustrate him.

It’s easy to understand why. Consider the calibre of players we’ve brought in, such as Davide Zappacosta, Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko. Conte was aiming MUCH higher.

According to the Times, Conte was after Leonardo Bonucci, Virgil Van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Sandro. Four players either already world-class or with the potential to reach that bracket.

Alexis Sanchez
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Our season could have been SO different if we were able to successfully recruit any of those…

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