Last week, Nemanja Matic left Chelsea to join Premier League rivals Manchester United for a reported fee of £40 million. Since the Serbian’s departure, questions have been raised to Antonio Conte about the transfer, with the Italian suggesting the transfer was made against his wishes. Conte was quoted as saying:
“The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this crazy transfer market.
“And sometimes you must accept different decisions. But he is a great loss for us.”
In an attempt to add competition to the wing-back department, Conte is reportedly targeting a few players to challenge Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge. PSG’s Serge Aurier is a suggested target, whose PSG career looks all-but over following the arrival of Dani Alves earlier in the transfer window. Another target is Joao Cancelo of Valencia. The 23-year-old is also a reported target of Tottenham and Juventus, so Chelsea will have to beat other sides to bring the Portuguese international to Stamford Bridge.
Baker to Boro
Another player is set to join the long list of players sent out on loan by Chelsea this summer. Lewis Baker is set to sign for Middlesbrough on a two-year loan spell. The 22-year-old has spent the past two years on loan at in the Eredivisie at Vitesse Arnhem. Blues fans who hoped that Baker would be involved in the first team this season will be disappointed as he spends the next two seasons at the Riverside.
Costa to be Missed
Chelsea captain Gary Cahill admits that the Blues will miss Diego Costa this season. Despite the record signing of Alvaro Morata, Cahill suggests that Chelsea will feel his absence this season.
“Diego Costa is Diego Costa. He scores goals. He is an animated character and he is a big personality.
“He will be a big miss. We have obviously added to the squad with Alvaro Morata and that is a great addition to the squad, but you are always to going miss big players.”