Paul Merson admits he is still shocked Chelsea made the decision to sell Nemanja Matic to title rivals Manchester United.
Chelsea signed French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in a £40m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco to increase competition for places in Conte’s midfield.
The Premier League champions sold the Serbia international in a £40m deal to the Red Devils last month despite strengthening their title rivals ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Matic played an important role in Chelsea’s Premier League title successes in 2015 and 2017 under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
The 29-year-old has already made a positive impact on the Manchester United team after being named man of the match in their 4-0 win against West Ham in their season opener.
The former Benfica midfielder has helped Mourinho’s side to secure victories over West Ham, Swansea City and Leicester City in their opening three Premier League games.
Chelsea completed a deadline day move to sign England midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City to provide more cover in midfield.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is still questioning why Chelsea made the decision to sell Matic to their direct title challengers Manchester United.
“It still shocks me really. No disrespect but they’ve brought in Danny Drinkwater,” Merson told Sky Sports News on Friday.
“I think he’s a good player but you’re talking about £10m more for Matic. It shocks me that he’s gone to a team that could win the league. They’re a danger to Chelsea.”
Manchester United have also signed Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils are sitting two points clear of their closest title challengers Liverpool after three games.
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Buffon ‘an alien’ and all-time great, says Morata
Gianluigi Buffon is “an alien” and one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, according to Alvaro Morata.
Morata is set to face his former Juventus team-mate on Saturday when Spain host Italy in World Cup qualifying.
The Chelsea forward spent two seasons with Buffon at Juve and said the 39-year-old and Iker Casillas were the best shot-stoppers of all time.
“He’s an alien,” Morata told El Pais.
“He and Casillas for me have been the two best goalkeepers in history. It’s hard to repeat two guys like that.
“Even if they don’t have the strength or agility they had before, they impose on you one-on-one.
“Buffon always anticipates. After more than 20 years as a professional, he knows the movements and thoughts of the forwards.”
Another former team-mate Morata praised was Giorgio Chiellini, the star Juve centre-back who will miss Italy’s clashes with Spain and Israel due to injury.
Morata described just how difficult it was to get the better of the 33-year-old defender. “It’s like you’re being put in a cage with a gorilla and you have to steal his food,” he said.
“I think that the few times I have scored against him have been inside the area. It is impossible to win a one-on-one with Chiellini, or he’s holding you.”