Conte frustrated over Chelsea's slow transfer dealings

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Conte enjoyed a hugely successful debut campaign in English football last season, winning the Premier League title by seven points and reaching the final of the FA Cup.

It was widely reported that the Italian was unhappy with the lack of progress made in the transfer market so far, with pre-season starting at the beginning of July.

Chelsea are calm over the speculation, which they consider to be unfounded, and sources at the club say it is business as usual.

Speculation that tension is growing between the Italian and Chelsea's hierarchy over these matters has been dismissed. Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be offered new deals on improved terms, though agreements have not yet been reached.

Conte is hence set to lead the team in the UEFA Champions League next season and Chelsea are yet to make a big transfer this season.

Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granovskaia has also been trying to get the right deal for striker Diego Costa to leave after he was told he was not in Conte's plans. While on worldwide duty, Costa revealed Conte's text message and Chelsea executive believe the Italian made a huge mistake as the price-tag of the Spaniard has dramatically lowered.

The report claims Conte also seeks a direct line of communication with owner Roman Abramovich, cutting out any and all middlemen within the club's executive structure.

Conte knows the 30-year-old well, having managed him during his time in charge of Juve and the Italy national side.

There had been suggestions that he will push for greater influence over transfer policy, potentially wresting some control from the technical director, Michael Emenalo.

Could Antonio Conte be preparing for a summer departure?

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