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Chelsea transfer plans on hold due to Conte stand-off

Chelsea’s summer transfer plans are currently at a standstill because of uncertainty over who will be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season.

Although current manager Antonio Conte is widely expected to be sacked, reports The Daily Mail, three weeks after the FA Cup Final he remains in charge, whilst the club continue to search for his successor. Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is a top target, whilst former France and PSG boss, Laurent Blanc is also a contender.

The deadlock is putting Chelsea at risk of falling behind their rivals, several of whom have already made moves in the transfer market, with Manchester United signing midfielder Fred and full-back Diogo Dalot, whilst Arsenal have also made some early additions to their squad for next season.

Conte has emerged as a leading candidate to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid because he is the only candidate with the requisite track record of success who is likely to be available this month.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.