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Chelsea see bid rejected for Bayern Munich defender

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Antonio Conte has made no secret of the fact that he has found this summer frustrating.

After winning the Premier League in May, Chelsea might have expected top players to be queuing up to move to Stamford Bridge.

First, they missed out on striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, before full-back Danilo chose to join Manchester City.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the latest star to snub the Blues, opting to swap Arsenal for Liverpool.

On paper, it may seem strange that the Ox would reject the champions in favour of a team that finished fourth.

However, it's been widely reported that he based his decision on what position he'll be playing. Arsene Wenger has been using him as a wing-back, without much success, and Conte was keen to use utilise him in the same way.

He's now scratching around for an alternative and it seems he's identified his next target in the shape of Bayern Munich's Rafinha.

Bayern have said no

Sky Sports report that the Bavarians have rejected a bid for the 31-year-old, who would admittedly not have been a long-term solution to Chelsea's lack of depth.

The Brazilian international could provide competition for Victor Moses if Bayern choose to relent and cash in.

Carlo Ancelotti is trying to place an emphasis on the future, as evidenced by him elevating Joshua Kimmich ahead of Rafinha in the pecking order.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will return with another offer. They will have to do it quickly if that's their intention, as time is ticking on the summer transfer window.

Southampton will be bracing themselves for a raid on Cedris Soares, while Antonio Candreva remains another alternative, per the London Evening Standard.

Kyle Walker's move to Manchester City has complicated matters somewhat, as the England international has set a precedent for what a top wing-back now costs.

If Conte doesn't land at least one more target before tonight's deadline, there's every chance he will have a bone to pick with Roman Abramovich. 

What positions do Chelsea need to strengthen in? Have your say in the comments. 

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