Chelsea: Conte power struggle; Italians begin negotiations; defender dreams of Chelsea move

The Daily Mail report that Antonio Conte could be set to face his first real challenge as Chelsea manager as Roman Abramovich remains keen to retain technical director Michael Emenalo. The Nigerian has been critcised by some fans for his poor transfer signings, and Antonio Conte is believed to be hoping to bring Walter Sabatini into the club after the Italian has turned huge profits on a number of deals for Roma.

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For the time being though, it seems that Emenalo will remain in his post with Abramovich a big fan. The former Notts County defender has had a resignation attempt turned down by the Russian in 2013 and survived various management changes, and this could be just the latest challenge to his tenure.

On the other hand, someone on their way out of Stamford Bridge could be midfielder Cesc Fabregas as the Evening Standard report that two AC Milan directors have been in London over the last few days and have made the most of the opportunity to begin negotiations and sound out the Spaniard over a move to Italy.

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Fabregas’ days in London seem numbered after struggling to work his way into Antonio Conte’s first team despite an impressive display against Leicester City in the EFL Cup as he found himself uninvolved once again against the Foxes in the league over the weekend. Now, he may opt for a move to Milan rather than Spain, after initial reports suggested that Real Madrid may be his preferred destination.

In the hunt for additions in defence, it seems that a move could be on the cards for Marseille centre-half Doria. The 21-year-old Brazilian revealed that he would be open to the move as he told Canal Football Club:

“Yes, I heard about [Chelsea’s reported interest] through social media. But I think that I need to continue to do my work. We have played eight games, I need to continue. I don’t know [if it is true]. I found out about it like you did. But that should not stop one from dreaming, they are one of biggest clubs in Europe. I am happy about these rumours, but what is most important is to continue playing well.”

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The youngster has started this season as first choice for the French club despite struggling to establish himself on loan at Granada last season, having made just 15 league appearances in Europe since signing for the club for £4.25 million in the summer of 2014.

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