Antonio Conte and Chelsea board could be loggerheads unless they do the Italian manager’s bidding of bringing more reinforcements to the club.
Conte remains highly interested in signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk but it appears the London club hierarchy are dragging the transfer issue and following Conte’s comments after their defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield, Chelsea are now ready to launch a £60 million offer for the Dutch centre-back to pacify their manager, reports the Express.
Speaking after watching his side lost on penalties to Arsene Wenger’s men, Conte side; “Now the most important thing is to continue to try to improve your team,” he said.
“I have replied to this question (about new players) before. I hope in the future to have different questions about if there is necessity to improve our squad.
“My reply is always the same, otherwise I was telling you a lie. The truth is the same.”
The Blues boss has been left frustrated with the club transfer activities and has reiterated his desire to make more signings before the window closes, though four players have already moved to Stamford Bridge this summer.
They lost out on Romelu Lukaku and Danilo to Manchester United and Manchester City respectively while other targets appear to be staying at their club or moving somewhere else. And with Nemanja Matic departure as well as Diego Costa imminent exit, Conte is desperate to sign more players.
Antonio Rudiger has been signed to bolster the defence but Conte wants a second centre-back. Though Van Dijk has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool Conte outrageous comments may now prompt Chelsea to act fast and round up a deal for the Holland international.