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Antonio Conte is unhappy with Chelsea over the pursuit of Fernando Llorente in the summer.
The Chelsea boss wanted to sign Llorente as back up for Alvaro Morata but it was Tottenham Hotspur who signed him at the end.
It was a shock to many people to see Spurs beat the Champions of England to a player but it’s now being reported that Chelsea were busy messing around and didn’t put a good bid.
And Conte is reportedly frustrated with Chelsea’s effort to reunite him with Llorente.
According to the Times via the Express, Chelsea were only willing to pay £5m for the striker
Spurs eventually signed the 32 year old for £11.5m – more than half what Chelsea were willing to pay.
Conte was desperate to have a strong squad at his disposal this season because of the extra burden of competing in the Champions League and wanted Llorente but Chelsea’s reluctance to sign players over the age of 30 meant the club couldn’t give the manager who he wanted.
An harmstring injury to Morata has now left Chelsea short of bodies upfront. Conte is left with just Batshuayi, who he seems not to trust, as his only centre forward.
With crucial games coming up in the next few months and the fact we are already chasing the Manchester clubs, one would understand Conte’s frustration.
It’s not easy to be Champions and the next year it seems you haven’t improved your team that much and your rivals have improved a lot.