Chelsea are gearing up to dive headfirst into the transfer market this summer, handing manager Antonio Conte a massive £250m to play with as they look to beef up a title-winning squad for a European campaign.
The Mirror report that the Blues are ready to back their boss with cash in the off-season, despite persistent rumours that the Italian is unsettled at Stamford Bridge and is still considering a move back to his homeland.
Conte is said to have argued with the club’s chief negotiator Marina Granovskaia over the latter’s unwillingness to spend what he believes is necessary to attract the biggest names to west London, with the club now willing to drop up to £50m on a move for veteran Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Twinned with a rumoured £40m move for Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko and with a big-money move for Romelu Lukaku expected to go through early in the transfer window for as much as £75m, the Blues seem ready to back their boss with some serious cash.
That’s despite reports in the Mail that Conte’s sacking has been discussed at the top level of the club, so unhappy are they with his handling of Diego Costa’s situation at the Bridge.
The Spain international told reporters last week that his club manager had informed him by text message that he would not be needed by the club next season, sending the media into a frenzy and – if the Mail are to be believed – precipitating talk at board level of the possibility of removing Conte from his post.
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