In what could be a massive blow to Chelsea, the Express sensationally claim that Spanish giants Barcelona are considering Antonio Conte as a potential replacement for the outgoing Luis Enrique at the Nou Camp, with the club’s directors inspired by his success in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.
The reports suggest that Roman Abramovich is already preparing for the worst and has former Russia and CSKA Moscow boss Leonid Slutsky lined up to replace Conte if he does leave for Spain, though such an appointment would undoubtedly be underwhelming if it turned out to be true.
Something more exciting for fans could be the signing of a star striker such as Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, who has once again hinted that he could be on the move after criticising the amount of game time he is getting in Spain as the London Evening Standard quote him as commenting:
“I’d like to play in every game, like everybody else. You always want to contribute wherever you are. I always want to go out and score, but there are times when you can’t. Playing less than I hoped? Sure, but I’m always ready for when the coach needs me and that’s the important thing.”
The Spanish international has become part of what local media have labeled Madrid’s “B team” despite scoring more goals and creating more assists than first choice striker Karim Benzema from less game time, with Zinedine Zidane still preferring the Frenchman.
Morata could be joined up-front at Chelsea by 18-year-old striker Tammy Abraham, who made the last appearance of his loan spell at Bristol City on Sunday. The Daily Star claim that the club are considering a new deal for the England under 21 international which would double his wages to £50,000 per week.
However, despite scoring 26 goals in 47 games this season in the Championship, he is likely to be sent out on loan again next season to a Premier League or Championship club as bosses believe that he still has potential that he is yet to develop and would benefit from regular games.
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