Chelsea transfer news: Conte to make three new signings before deadline – Dominic Fifield

That is the view of journalist Dominic Fifield.

Antonio Conte is desperate for transfers despite Chelsea shelling out over £130million on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero this summer.

Conte is considering moves for Inter Milan winger, Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Everton’s Ross Barkley.

And Chelsea continue to be linked with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Andrea Belotti, Danny Drinkwater, Virgil van Dijk, and Alex Sandro.

Conte has been frustrated with the Chelsea hierachy over their lack of transfer activity since winning the Premier League title last season, with missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United a sore spot.

But journalist Fifield believes Chelsea will try and bring in at least three players with Drinkwater targeted to improve their home-grown quota.

“I think they will be active, I think they will try and bring in at least three,” Fifield told BT Sport’s Football Writers podcast.

“But I think we’re into the stage where they are looking at people like Danny Drinkwater.

“He is a good player but by moving to Chelsea he’s effectively saying ‘I’ll be fourth-choice at a team competing in the Champions League and I’m there almost for the home-grown numbers’ which I don’t think is a particularly healthy situation to be honest.

On Chelsea’s summer business, he added: “It’s a source of all the tension at Stamford Bridge.

“Conte expected all to be done in May or June when he was seeing Manchester City splashing their cash on people like Bernardo Silva (£43m) and Conte wanted Chelsea to be doing that, building on their title success.”

More Breaking News:

According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham are expected to complete the signing of Paris Saint-Germain right back and Chelsea target, Serge Aurier.

The fee for Aurier is worth £23 million if all goes well with his appeal against his ban from the UK, after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer last September.

His ban from the UK subsequently made him miss out on PSG’s Champions League tie against Arsenal.

Despite Kyle Walker-Peters signing a new deal at Spurs, they want to replace Kyle Walker, who joined Manchester City for £50 million.

Chelsea were interested in Aurier to try and bolster their squad and defensive options as they prepare for their return to the Champions League and their defence of the Premier League title.

They also wanted to sign the Ivorian to compete with Victor Moses for the right-wing-back spot, with the Nigerian having little to no competition last season.

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