REPORT: CONTE AND CHELSEA BOARD DIVIDED OVER TRANSFER TARGETS

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to add more players to the squad before the end of the transfer window but according to a report on The Times, Conte and the board are divided over transfer targets.

According to the report, Conte wants to sign players that would help the Blues compete in the Premier League and Champions League but the board wants Conte to plan for the future while also strengthening the squad.

Tiemoue Bakayoko (22), Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger (both 24) were signings approved by Conte but their age and potential re-sale value was important to the board, according to Daily Express.

Conte wants the board to sign 32-year-old Fernando Llorente, 30-year-old Antonio Candreva and 28-year-old Ivan Perisic but the board has refused to sanction a deal for these players due to their age.

The report claims the board signed 35-year-old Willy Caballero this summer because he was a free agent.

Conte is reportedly not interested in long-term planning as he wants to build a team that would challenge for titles now but the board prefers to sign young players whose transfer values will either increase or stay the same.

The Times claim the difference in priority is the reason why Conte only signed a two-year contract after winning the Premier League last season

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