Why Antonio Conte is delaying signing a new deal at Chelsea

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Antonio Conte introduced himself to the Premier League in brilliant fashion last season by winning the title with Chelsea.

It's a big ask for any manager to navigate his new team to glory, especially in a foreign country and league.

But it didn't take Blues fans long at all to fall in love with the Italian who arrived at the club in the summer of 2016 as someone who was largely known for his success at Juventus.

However, despite how everyone would have anticipated Conte greeting the offer of a new contract considering Chelsea's league title success, rumours surrounding the situation have turned sour.

Over the past month, there has been growing speculation that the Italian could sensationally quit Stamford Bridge after just one season, with Inter Milan having shown an interest in the Blues boss.

However, they've since appointed Luciano Spalletti this summer. But that hasn't stopped suggestions that Conte could, quite unbelievably, walk away.

Manchester United and Manchester City have both lead the way in the summer transfer window while Chelsea's success, up until recently, had been somewhat slow.

Chelsea fear for Conte's future

And it's Chelsea's, so far, inability to secure their primary transfer targets that has become a growing frustration for Conte, and could lead the 47-year-old to quit, according to The Sun.

Ironically, in the past week, Chelsea have spent £74 million on Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko - on top of the free transfer of Willy Caballero from Manchester City - but that appears not to have settled Conte.

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The Blues were slow out of the blocks in the transfer market and ultimately it cost them Conte's primary transfer target, Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian instead joined Manchester United in an initial £75 million deal which could rise to £90 million, instead of a return to Stamford Bridge, where he left for Everton in 2014.

Conte desperate for major signings

Chelsea are set to return to the Champions League this season and Conte knows too well he will need to a bolster a title-winning squad that didn't have to compete in Europe at all last campaign.

Talks will be ongoing for Chelsea's targets this summer, but the Italian boss has already seen targets Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro both slip away - with the former having joined AC Milan for £37 million on Friday.

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Conte's lucrative £9.6 million a year deal could also depend on whether the club agree to offer a new four-year contract or a shorter one.

Despite Chelsea's desire to get a new deal signed, Conte is ready to play the waiting game and see how the club's summer transfer dealings pan out first.

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