The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were expecting their side to move for Alexis Sanchez this month. The Chilean now looks set for a switch to Man Utd, with his contract at Arsenal expiring in six months time. It’s a disappointing culmination to the tale for Arsenal, and Chelsea’s lack of interest is disappointing for our resident Blues.
However, it doesn’t appear as though the Chelsea faithful will be the only ones sad not to see Sanchez at Stamford Bridge. According to the Telegraph, Antonio Conte would ‘love’ to make a move for Sanchez, but alas, that is now looking increasingly unlikely.
Instead, it is said, the Italian has had to settle for other targets, likely much to his frustration. Names like Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke – a far cry from Sanchez – have been suggested in the report by the Telegraph, with Conte apparently ‘forced’ to consider options other than Sanchez.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Antonio Conte has been left disappointed in the transfer market. The Italian clearly had big plans over the summer, but he was forced to settle for a last minute rush to bring in a few new faces.
With Ross Barkley already signed, the chances of that happening again appear to be reduced, but that doesn’t take away from the disappointment. Indeed, it appears as though Sanchez would have been a fantastic choice from the perspective of Conte, but he isn’t going to get his wish, it seems.
Sanchez would have been a great signing for Chelsea. It would have taken the load off of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, and it would have given Conte’s side a boost ahead of what is sure to be a busy few months in the Premier League.
Missing out on him wouldn’t go down as a disaster if Chelsea had other, top-class plans, but unfortunately for Antonio Conte, he looks likely to have to settle for disappointing names like that of Andy Carroll.
Our resident Blues aren’t too happy, that much is clear.
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