Chelsea’s summer transfer plans are still on hold due to the ‘uncertainty’ surrounding their managerial situation.
The Blues are yet to make a signing this summer and are not particularly close to doing so either, meaning they are lagging behind in comparison to their rivals.
Arsenal are pressing ahead with deals for Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira, Liverpool have sealed moves for Fabinho and Naby Keita, Manchester United have announced the imminent arrival of Fred and Manchester City are close to bringing in Jorginho.
Tottenham are the only elite Premier League side who have been as inactive as Chelsea, but that is more through choice than force.
According to the Times, it is Chelsea’s ‘indecision’ over their managerial situation that is holding them back.
The club are yet to sack Antonio Conte despite the Italian expecting such a fate, with the removal of him and his backroom staff likely to cost up to £20million.
Chelsea have been holding off on a decision in the hope that Conte would move elsewhere of his own volition, but most attractive European posts have now been filled.
Maurizio Sarri is waiting in the wings, but Chelsea are also reluctant to pay any sort of compensation to Napoli on the grounds that the Italian side have already appointed his successor in Carlo Ancelotti.
‘Chelsea have been pursuing several transfer targets,’ but the managerial uncertainty is holding them back. Jean Micheal-Seri ‘will not sign’ from Nice while the ‘situation remains uncertain’.
Robert Lewnadowski ‘has also expressed reservations’. Bayern Munich are ‘confident’ of keeping him.