Antonio Conte doesn’t control Chelsea signings, claims ex-midfielder

The Chelsea manager doesn't have a say on transfers, according to ex Man United midfielder Eamon Dunphy

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Antonio Conte doesn’t have influence on who Chelsea buy in the summer transfer window, Eamonn Dunphy has claimed.

Chelsea have endured a largely frustrating summer transfer window so far despite bringing in four new faces.

The Blues missed out on the chance to sign Romelu Lukaku after the Belgium international completed a £75m move to Manchester United from Everton.

Chelsea were forced to rethink their summer transfer plans and instead conclude a £58m transfer for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

The Premier League champions have also signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

However, Chelsea have perhaps caused more controversy about their decision to sell Nemanja Matic to direct title rivals Manchester United.

Nathan Ake has also left the west London side to move to Bournemouth in a £20m deal despite being a useful squad player.

Former Manchester United midfielder Dunphy believes Conte doesn’t have much control over the transfer dealings at Stamford Bridge.

“I don’t think Conte has the influence he needs to have on who they buy and who they sell,” Dunphy told Irish TV channel RTE.

“It’s clear he didn’t want to sell Matic, for example.

“They’ve got to compete in the Champions League this year. I don’t think Conte will stay there.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season.

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