Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left baffled by Liverpool’s derailing of the Blues’ move for Virgil van Dijk, as the Italian believed his side had all but sealed a deal for the centre-half.
The west London club are believed to be in the market for a new central defender following John Terry’s retirement, with the Telegraph reporting that Van Dijk is at the top of their list.
And before Conte jetted off on holiday, he had an understanding with the owners that a deal for the Dutchman was ‘virtually agreed’, only for Liverpool to swoop in and become favourites. Klopp’s pursuit of Van Dijk has since turned sour, with Southampton reporting the Merseysiders for ‘tapping up’ their player, which led to a public apology from the Reds.
Despite this, Liverpool still remain favourites, much to the dismay of Conte, who has grown frustrated at the lack of transfer activity at Chelsea. It is believed the Italian has grown ‘agitated’, as his side have failed to land any transfer targets early this summer.
The only current activity at the club surrounds Conte and his main forward, Diego Costa, who claims his boss text him to reveal he is not in his plans for next season.