Chelsea and Conte in ‘stand-off’ over Perisic etc

Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte are reportedly in a ‘stand-off’ about the profile of any potential new signings.

While Chelsea are keen to continue their recent trend of buying and selling in large numbers and concentrating on players with re-sale value, Conte simply wants to put together a title-challenging side.

The Times call this ‘a philosophical difference’ between Conte and certain people at Chelsea, who have a responsibility for the club beyond the next two to three seasons.

Chelsea have already bought three players aged 24 or under – Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko – and Conte has mow targeted six players who are 26 or over.

Those players are, according to The Times, Swansea’s Fernando Llorente (32), Ivan Perisic (28), Virgil van Dijk (26), Antonio Candreva (30) and Alex Sandro (26).

None of those players is likely to increase in value at Chelsea.