By Harry Sykes
Chelsea are going to sign a minimum of three more players by the end of the summer transfer window, according to a report.
That was on the eve of the Community Shield, which Chelsea ended up losing 4-1 on penalties.
Conte has brought in four new players this summer, Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Will Caballero, but he is still concerned that his squad is too thin to tackle the Premier League and the Champions League.
Now, Conte has reportedly been told that his club will battle Manchester United for PSG defender Serge Aurier, as well as pushing for a deal for Virgil van Dijk, who has just handed in a transfer request at Southampton.
The report says that Conte is also looking to strengthen his midfield, with Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among the potential targets.
Chelsea were also reportedly keen on Juventus defender Alex Sandro, but his current manager, Massimiliano Allegri, issued a hands-off to the West London club.
He was quoted on the Sky Sports Transfer Centre (Sunday, 12.58pm) as saying, “Alex Sandro is a Juventus player and he will stay one.”
Asked specifically if a move to Chelsea was possible, Allegri replied, “No chance.”
Football Insider verdict:
They say football’s a funny old game and that’s never truer than during the transfer windows. Chelsea won the Premier League at a canter last season and now appear to be starting the new campaign in disarray. They’ve got a threadbare squad and haven’t done a huge amount of business over the summer – certainly not enough to satisfy their manager Conte. It’s a puzzler. They’re not short of money and they’re not normally at a loss to attract the world’s best players, so we’re not entirely sure why it’s taking them so long to assemble this season’s squad. It’s not ideal to be actively chasing three players with less than a week to go before the new Premier League starts.
In other Chelsea news, a four-year deal was signed as this defender left the club.