Conte explains why he wanted Morata at Chelsea


Romelu Lukaku's £90m transfer from Everton may be the headline in United's transfer business, but I think it is the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea that will make all the difference. "It's not easy. It's very important to try to find the right solution, to try to improve the squad, to improve the quality before we start the season". We'll improve the team and try to be at that level, to constantly be improving. I detect problems but we must wait until the end of the window.

You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.

But after losing the curtain raiser Community Shield, some are now thinking Chelsea could have a tough time of it this season and they are 4/6 not to win a trophy.

With only 14 senior names available - including the injured Eden Hazard and Bakayoko - Conte is skating a thin line, but is reported to be on the search for another midfield signing at least before the transfer window closes.

Success will be largely dependent on whether Tottenham can replicate its home form from last season - winning 17 of 19 Premier League games and drawing the other two.

Mourinho, though, is expecting a breakthrough season from one of last summer's signings, Paul Pogba, and says a return to the Champions League, and Neymar's world record €222 million move to PSG, will help.

Morata told Marca on Friday "they're already killing me" over scrutiny of his two pre-season games and his 15-minute cameo at Wembley, when he missed a penalty in the shoot-out.

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Striker Alvaro Morata was signed from Real Madrid for a reported fee rising to £70million and could make his Premier League debut against the Clarets. This role is more hard to adapt to than others.

Wenger believes that Chelsea and their manager have themselves to blame after loaning a lot of young players to other teams.

Conte's plans for the new season have been up in the air following the arrival of Antonio Rudiger in a £31million deal from Roma last month.

"At the start of this season it's simple to tell that in this league there are six top teams who should be fighting for the title". It depends on the club, whether they follow him or not.

John Terry's influence in the dressing room has gone following the veteran defender's move to second-tier Aston Villa, while the squad has been further depleted by the loss of a number of fringe players including Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma.

"Frank's incredible pedigree on the field means that he'll regularly be commenting on a competition that he's won as a player, which we believe gives him fantastic credibility".

"I think you saw that with Chelsea last year when Kante were magnificent together last year and that allowed Hazard and Fabregas and whoever else was playing that bit of freedom".