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The January transfer window is now open for business, and Chelsea have been linked with a number of potential targets already.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about the possibility of Chelsea signing Everton midfielder Ross Barkley who’s reportedly close to a move to Stamford Bridge.

Conte didn’t deny the claim but rather suggested that it’s up to the club.

He said in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash: “We are talking about an English player, a young player, with good prospects for Chelsea. It’s a good opportunity for the club to buy this player. He’s a good prospect but, for news, the club will inform you.

“He’s very young, I think he has a lot of space for improvement, he’s very strong physically with good technique.

“He’s a good prospect but it’s very important to understand when he can recover from his injury. He had a bad injury, he had surgery and he hasn’t played for seven months. In case the player signs for the club we must have great patience and, at the same time, hope to recover him very quickly so he can help us for the rest of the season.

“It’s the club that sign the players, not me. Recruitment is not my job. The club try to do their best to improve the team. I’m a coach and I give my opinion if the club ask me something. Then there is the club who decide if a player arrives here, or whether to buy or sell.”

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