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Chelsea and Antonio Conte are likely to part ways at the end of this campaign.

The Blues heavy defeat against Barcelona at the Camp Nou has confirmed that the paths of the Premier League club and the former Juventus coach will separate once the season is over.

As reported by Italian outlet Tuttosport, the relationship between Conte and the club’s board has been damaged for months due to disagreements on the transfer market and the lack of results this season has done the rest.

So, while Conte is preparing to live the last months as head coach at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea directors have reportedly already chosen former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as a replacement for the Italian gaffer for the season 2018/19.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed he will speak to the club directors regarding the possibility to spend on some new signings in this winter transfer window:

“We have 18 senior players, but I think this consideration must be done with the club. I will give my opinion when I speak with the club,” the Blues manager said after the win against Brighton.

“But in the end the club has always the last word, like in the summer.

“Then we will divide the responsibility with me and with the club. We will do it together.”

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Yesterday we reported you the reason why, according to former Premier League player Joey Barton, Ross Barkley didn’t join Chelsea on transfer window deadline day in the past week: the ex midfielder claimed that Antonio Conte switched his phone off and Barkley couldn’t speak to him before completing the move to Stamford Bridge.

Today The Times reveals that it was Chelsea itself to leave the Italian manager out of negotiation, after he failed to convince Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a few days before, as the winger eventually joined Liverpool after the Blues already agreed a fee with Arsenal.

This is what one of the main English newspapers writes about that:

“The Times has learnt that Chelsea decided to keep the head coach away from transfer negotiations after his unsuccessful talks with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the same week, which ended with the Arsenal midfielder opting to join Liverpool.”

This could mean the club has lost his confidence and trust in Conte, who doesn’t feel trust in him despite an improvement of his deal during the summer.


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Chelsea directors want to give Antonio Conte the new signing he’s asking for to complete his squad, this is the reason why Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater became a priority in their transfer window in the last hours.

According to reports coming from the UK, Marina Granovskaia stepped up to speed the transfer process in order to sign the English player and she is ready to place a £ 30m offer to secure the England international services.

The alternative to Drinkwater is Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who was linked to Manchester United as well.


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“Antonio Conte is frustrated for lack of Chelsea transfer activity,” Italian historical sports-paper Gazzetta dello Sport were reporting this morning.

According to the Italian media the ex Juventus coach relationship with the Blues board has turned to “cold” after the Chelsea directors showed their disappointment for the “Costa gate”: it seems Abramovich, Granovskaia and the other members of the board didn’t like how Conte handled the issue and liked even less the way he “sacked” Diego Costa from Chelsea.

Conte, from his point of view, is not happy for the club immobilism in the beginning of this transfer window: it is rumoured that Chelsea are close to sign Bakayoko from Monaco and Koulibaly from Napoli, but those deals are not official yet and we know that until then everything can happen.

Furthermore, this is the main reason why the Blues boss was keen to consider Inter offer in the past months: he wanted to see a reaction by Chelsea board on the matters he cared the most, and one of these was to have the guarantee of 3/4 top players signings.

Anyway, the transfer window has still to officially open but the start of this new season it’s not as good as many Chelsea fans and Conte himself were expecting.

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Negotiations are still going on between Juventus and Chelsea for the loan of Juan Cuadrado to the Italian side.

The Colombian winger already spent last season on loan to the Bianconeri and really made an impact, while he never impressed in the games played with the Blues shirt.

Cuadrado himself is pushing for a Juventus return, as he doesn’t feel comfortable in the English league, but Antonio Conte always had a huge respect for him since he was the Juventus’ manager, and the failed signing of the Colombia international from Fiorentina in the summer of 2014 was the beginning of some issues with the Bianconeri‘s directors that then led to a divorce between the two parts, this is the main reason why Conte is reluctant to authorize the deal.

Juventus would like to sign Cuadrado on loan for a € 2.5m fee ( £ 1.8m) and are confident to make it happen before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.

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Juan Cuadrado’s agent, Aleassandro Lucci, admits a return to Juventus “is not easy” but he’ll fly to London to meet Chelsea today.

The Bianconeri are trying to bring the Colombian international back for another loan spell after the successful one of the past season but the situation is complicated since Blues manager Antonio Conte has always had a soft spot for the winger.

“It’s not an easy situation,” Lucci explained to Italian TV network SportItalia.

“However, I’ll fly to London tomorrow to try and unblock it.”

According to Italian sources, Cuadrado is pushing Chelsea to go back to Juventus also for personal reasons.

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With a post on his Instagram account Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that during the meeting with Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia a couple of days ago he was offered a different role and now he needs time to make a decision:

“Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes,” he started.

“The contract extension the club has offered me is a different role.

“I hope everyone will understand I want to take the time to consider it carefully before making a decision.”

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Swiss luxury watch company Hublot launched new Chelsea exclusive watch today with an event at Cobham.

The watch is named Classic Fusion Chelsea and produced in a 200 pieces limited edition.

Here is the gallery of the watch and the even at  with Hublot directors and Chelsea players, photos were taken from Chelsea Snapchat and Hublot Instagram accounts.


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