Steve McManaman reveals Chelsea FC transfer problem for Maurizio Sarri

The Liverpool FC legend reveals Maurizio Sarri's big problem as Chelsea FC boss if he takes over the reins from Antonio Conte this summer

Transfer Agent
By Transfer Agent
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Steve McManaman believes Maurizio Sarri doesn’t have sufficient time left in the transfer window to overhaul Chelsea FC’s squad if the Italian head coach does replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have endured a summer of uncertainty and relentless speculation so far following their fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season under Conte.

The former Juventus boss lead Chelsea FC to FA Cup glory thanks to a 1-0 win over Manchester United but the Blues missed out on a Champions League spot.

Conte was critical of the west London side’s heirarchy throughout the Premier League campaign to fuel speculation that he would be sacked at the end of the season despite winning the Premier League title in 2017.

Sarri has been touted as the favourite to take over the reins from his compatriot but the former Napoli manager still hasn’t been appointed as the new manager despite incessant rumours surrounding Stamford Bridge throughout the summer.

Former Liverpool FC and Real Madrid winger McManaman doesn’t believe Sarri will have much time to oversee new signings in the summer transfer window.

“Well it’s certainly not helping is it,” McManaman told ESPN FC.

“I don’t think the players have a healthy respect for Antonio Conte unfortunately.

“I don’t think it should matter, he’s the manager and he’s turned up for pre-season training.

“But everybody knows the rumour mill at Chelsea is ridiculous at the moment, I think people are just waiting for him to go.

“It’s not a case of ‘he’s definitely going to go’ but they’re just waiting for him to go and Sarri to come in.

“They haven’t covered themselves in glory at all Chelsea, the way they’ve gone about their business was awful really.”

He added: “Buying players (will be a problem), because the transfer window closes really early in England this year of course with the new ruling.

“So you haven’t got any time at all to get your house in order.”

Chelsea FC have finished outside the top four spots in two of the last three seasons.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

“Well it’s certainly not helping is it,”

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Marcus Rashford
‘He can get better and better’: Mourinho discusses Man United star’s form
Marcus Rashford
‘He can get better and better’: Mourinho discusses Man United star’s form
Roy Keane
‘Go and get him’: Roy Keane tells Man United to sign 26-year-old
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Ajax v Chelsea FC
Callum Hudson-Odoi
‘Back to his best’: BBC Sport pundit raves about Chelsea FC youngster
Tammy Abraham
‘He’s a sponge’: Frank Lampard talks up Chelsea FC attacker
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Roger Federer
Swiss Indoors 2019: Roger Federer still standing after 1,500 matches as he chases 10th Basel title
Roy Keane
Roy Keane sends clear warning to Man United about January signings
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
‘That’s our aim’: Aubameyang predicts where Arsenal will finish