Bad news for Chelsea
Having won the Premier League last season, Chelsea fans would have been looking forward to an exciting summer in which Antonio Conte begins to mould the blues into his team.
However, in the middle of June, Chelsea have been slow to attack the transfer window, while the past twenty four hours have seen a slew of worrying stories emerge from Stamford Bridge.
Breakdowns at the Bridge
On Thursday, the Times reported that contract negotiations with Thibaut Courtois had stalled as the Blues were refusing to meet the player’s wage demands of £200,000 a week.
Also on Thursday, reports out of Italy claimed that Antonio Conte has fallen out with the Chelsea board.
Gazzetta reported that Conte is agitated and restless since Chelsea are not making any progress with buying some players.
But are the Chelsea board and Conte really fighting?
The Evening Standard posted an update late on Thursday night denying the bust-up claims.
But can that report actually be relied on?
Romelu Lukaku & Tiemoue Bakayoko
Two of the players Chelsea have been linked to over the summer are Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
On Lukaku, L’Equipe journalist Bilel Ghazi revealed on Thursday night that Chelsea’s board are unwilling to meet Everton’s asking price for the Belgian star.
It’s well known that Everton are seeking 100 million pounds for their best player, but according to L’Equipe, while Conte has been insisting that the board go for Lukaku, the board are hesitating due to the price tag.
As for Bakayoko, L’Equipe also report on why the deal is going nowhere fast.
They report that Chelsea have offered €30m for the French international, Monaco want up to €50m, and that means the deal is currently at the standstill.