Antonio Conte.

Chelsea are targeting four players in the January transfer window

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Given how far Manchester City are ahead in the race for the Premier League title, it is understandable if their rivals decide to spend big in January in a desperate attempt to close the gap.

That is a stance expected to be taken by Chelsea, who are currently a whopping 17 points behind Pep Guardiola's side.

But despite being the manager at the London club, Antonio Conte has revealed that he does not have the final say in his club's transfer targets.

"I’m not involved in the transfer market, I give my opinion but the club decide for the players they want to buy, to invest in," said Conte, per the Metro.

"In this case when I tell that I give my opinion to the club, I try to tell where are the roles we can improve also on the numerical aspect because in some roles we don’t have a couple of players.

"If the club ask me some names I try to do this but then it’s the club, it’s the club that decides the name, the investment, which is the best player for the team."


Conte may not have the final say in transfers, but according to the Telegraph, Chelsea are looking to add reinforcements in both defence and attack.

Signing a left-back seems to be a priority, with long-term target Alex Sandro of Juventus still drawing interest from Chelsea, as is Alex Telles from Porto.

And in attack, the west London side are also interested in signing Ross Barkley, who they were heavily linked with last summer, whereas Thomas Lemar of Monaco is also a target.

That is some wish-list.



As the World Cup draws ever closer, players are looking to impress more than ever in order to participate on the world's biggest stage.

But two players in particular at Chelsea have fallen down the pecking order, David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi, and Conte has hinted he would let them leave if they so wish.

"I was a player, I will understand if someone is worried about the World Cup," Conte said.

"I understand it’s very important to keep players very happy to stay here to work with us and I think this must be our priority. To keep the players happy to stay with us, to continue to work with us. At the same time, I was a player and I will understand if someone is thinking in this way (that they need to play more)."

It seems it may be a busy January for Chelsea, with both in-goings and out-goings a strong possibility.

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