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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.