There has been speculation that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could be moving for Arsenal want-away striker Alexis Sanchez after the Italian coach whispered to the Chilean’s ear when his club faced Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The coach has publicly debunked the rumour linking him with a move for the striker. According to Conte, he only whispered to say “hello” and nothing more.
Conte admitted that Sanchez is a great player whom he tried to buy from Udinese during his time as Juventus manager, but he unfortunately lost him to Barcelona in 2011. The Blues’ boss confessed that he only greeted him due to his affection for the 29-year-old striker.
‘I said hello. He’s a great player & he knows very well that in my first season at Juventus we tried to buy him from Udinese,’ said the Chelsea manager. ‘Then he decided to go to Barcelona. He knows well my admiration for him, so it was a good chance to say hello.’
Sanchez has a strong and great future ahead of him and only the player and probably Arsenal are in the best position to determine when he will leave the North London club whether this month or in the summer, according to the Italian coach.
“I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know [where he will go] you have to ask which is his choice and maybe ask Arsenal, if they decide to sell him before June or now but for sure his future will be in a great club,” he said
Conte might take a turnaround later in the summer if the form of his number one frontman Alvaro Morata continues to dip. Sanchez remains a viable option for all top EPL teams.