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Antonio Conte Back Chelsea’s Transfer Policy Amid Surprise Dzeko, Crouch & Carroll Links



Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has support Chelsea‘s transfer strategy, regardless of an apparently erratic search for a striker supposedly doing little to control the Italian’s dissatisfactions at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea has signed one player, Ross Barkley in a £15million deal from Everton, so far this month, while Roma duo of Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri have been linked to the Bridge.

The Blues missed a great opportunity for former striker Romelu Lukaku, and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and Fernando Llorente, while permitting midfielder Nemanja Matic to join top-four adversaries Manchester United, in the summer transfer window

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Dzeko isn’t the only striker to be linked to the Blues albeit detailed interest for Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch has raised eyebrows. In any case, Conte insists he is content with the club’s dealings.

“I think that, at the start of the season, the club took the best decision for every player,” Conte told reporters ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion as Chelsea look to snap a five-game winless run in all competitions.

“For example, for [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, to give him the opportunity to play a season with regularity. The same for [Kurt] Zouma and Tammy Abraham.

 “In this moment, about Ross Barkley, I think the club took a good opportunity to buy an important player, an important English player, and not spend a lot of money. Ross’ evaluation is more than £15million. But, before the season, you try to make the best decision for every single player.

“We have a clear example in the team: [Andreas] Christensen, for two seasons, played on loan with [Borussia] Monchengladbach, and now he’s playing every game with us. It doesn’t change the club’s plan.”

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Conte won the Premier League in his first season in English football but this time out Chelsea have been not able to compete with table toppers City, who suffered first EPL loss of the season at Liverpool last week but have a 12-point lead.

The Italian, a three-time Serie A champ while in charge for Juventus, believes the Premier League is more aggressive and competitive than some of the other best league across Europe, with Chelsea three points clear of Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification.

“In every sport you have to fight if you want to reach great achievements,” Conte added. “I think in England, it’s very difficult to win the title. More than in other countries.

“Because you start the season with six top teams trying to win the title. This is the only country where you can find this type of situation. At the same time, it’s very difficult to fight and find a place in the top four.

“Last season, Manchester United and Arsenal stayed out. Two seasons ago, Liverpool were out and Chelsea finished 10th. They were out. But we must be ready, we must be ready to fight for a place in the top four.

“It won’t be easy because every team wants to reach this target. This target is very prestigious for every team because this competition, the Champions League, is the biggest in the world for clubs.”

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