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Chelsea transfer news: Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto wanted as Nemanja Matic replacement following Manchester United move

 

Antonio Conte did not want to sell midfielder and is now targeting versatile Barcelona ace in £35m deal

The Blues look light on numbers after selling the Serbian midfielder to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Antonio Conte has told Chelsea to target Barcelona star Sergi Roberto

Antonio Conte has told Chelsea to target Barcelona star Sergi Roberto

The versatile midfielder can also play as a right-back

The versatile midfielder can also play as a right-back

And Spanish newspaper Sport claims that Conte has now set his sights on versatile ace Roberto.

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The former Barca academy product has a £35million release clause and could be open to leaving the Nou Camp this summer.

Roberto has spent much of his time playing at right-back instead of his preferred central midfield position.

And the promise of regular game time in west London could sway the Spaniard towards a Stamford Bridge switch.

Roberto’s ability to also play on the right means Chelsea could avoid having to pay over the odds for a new defender.

But the report adds that senior Blues figures are reluctant to spend big on a fourth signing after already splashing the cash on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger.

The Blues are light on numbers after selling Nemanja Matic to Man Utd

The Blues are light on numbers after selling Nemanja Matic to Man Utd

Antonio Conte is desperate to bulk his squad up with further signings

Antonio Conte is desperate to bulk his squad up with further signings

It’s said that chiefs will wait to see how Chelsea fare in their opening games of the season before delving into the market late on for last-minute raids.

That stance is sure to infuriate Conte, who is reportedly unhappy at the club’s lack of activity in the market.

Chelsea have parted ways with a number of players who were involved in last season’s convincing title win.

But doubts are creeping in over whether they have enough depth to retain their trophy as well as compete with Europe’s elite in the Champions League.

Alvaro Morata joined from Real Madrid for a club-record fee which could reach £70m

Alvaro Morata joined from Real Madrid for a club-record fee which could reach £70m

Roman Abramovich is apparently unwilling to fund any more big moves for now

Roman Abramovich is apparently unwilling to fund any more big moves for now

Will Chelsea live to regret letting Diego Costa leave Stamford Bridge?

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4208262/chelsea-sergi-roberto-antonio-conte-nemanja-matic-replacement/

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