In order to have a strong squad to compete on all fronts, Antonio Conte is looking to delve into the market during the winter transfer period. The Mirror understands that Chelsea have also given Conte the green light to target the players he wants at the Bridge. Ross Barkley is one of the Blues’ January target while a striker is also high on Conte’s demands.
Along with Barkley, Conte is looking at Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke to partner Alvaro Morata after being dissatisfied by Michy Batshuayi’s performances. Barkley is reported to be keen on joining the Londoners whereas Benteke is also looking for another chance at a big club.
Pundit explains why Chelsea were right to sell Nemanja Matic to Man United
Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes Chelsea were justified in selling Nemanja Matic to accommodate Tiemoue Bakayoko over the summer.
Jose Mourinho secured the services of Matic, who had won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, for £40m in August and the Serb has been practically faultless so far.
Antonio Conte has admitted he didn’t want to lose the 29-year-old and captain Gary Cahill also bemoaned his departure.
But Nevin, reflecting on Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United over the weekend, claimed that Bakayoko serves as a more dynamic option in the middle.
“There were many who questioned the release of Matic to United and I understand their point, but in reality having watched them face up against each other I think the younger man in blue (including the hair) clearly won the battle on the day and there is a very good chance he is the man for the future,” he said.
“His breaking into the box from deep was extraordinary, leaving everyone else in his wake and although he didn’t finish that well, the important thing is he got himself into those incredible positions.
“In fact he probably got into more scoring positions than any other player on the field on the day.”