Chelsea to buy Alex Sandro, Alexis Sanchez to appease Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte was evidently not content with Chelsea’s strategy to help him retain the title and challenge in the Champions League, though a late flurry of signings right before the window close certainly helped.

But the Mirror believes the Italian will be handed additional mid-season reinforcements, including long-term targets Alex Sandro and Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal will have their resolve tested in January ahead of the intimidating prospect of losing the Chile international for nothing in the summer.

Juventus left-back Sandro will be the subject of another bid, likely worth £60m, after Conte waited on a second option with Marcos Alonso as the only position without natural cover now in the squad.

Arsenal look set to push ahead with a January sale to avoid losing Mesut Ozil for nothing next year, reports the Mirror.

The German playmaker has been linked with Manchester United on a free transfer but the Gunners will likely not wait that long.

The former Real Madrid star wants £350,000-per-week to extend his stay at the Emirates, but negotiations have so far not gone anywhere.

Inter Milan could also emerge as a possible destination with their newfound wealth and need for a classic No.10 to operate in behind Mauro Icardi.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Zaha, Benteke and Loftus-Cheek absent amid Morata uncertainty

The Blues welcome Roy Hodgson’s struggling Eagles to Stamford Bridge next Saturday.

Antonio Conte may be without his star striker for the game following his hamstring injury.

Morata was withdrawn during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City prior to the international break.

However, he tweeted yesterday he was hoping to recover in time to face Palace, despite initial fears of a six-week lay-off.

Hodgson has even bigger problems of his own, though.

The Daily Express says bottom of the Premier League table Palace will travel across London without star attacking trio Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The latter two were already set to miss out with attacking midfielder Loftus-Cheek ineligible due to being on loan from Chelsea.

Benteke, meanwhile, is out with a knee injury and not due back until mid-November.

But Hodgson had hoped key man Zaha, who last featured on the opening day, would be fit.

However, the Daily Express add the Palace boss now expects the winger won’t play, having not fully recovered from a knee problem.

With Palace not feeling they can call on Zaha, it means they head into their eighth league game without a win, a point, a goal or a recognised striker.

Bakery Sako led the line at Manchester United on Saturday as Palace lost 4-0.

As a result, Chelsea could afford to leave Morata out and opt for either Michy Batshuayi or Willian as his replacement.

Chelsea host Roma in the Champions League afterwards on October 18.

And if Morata’s ambitions of a swift return are not overly optimistic, he could return then.

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