Belfast Telegraph

Antonio Conte worried as Chelsea struggle to strengthen defence

By Staff Reporter

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte fears he could be left frustrated in his bid to bolster the Blues squad before the transfer window closes.

Conte has brought in big-money signings in midfielder N'Golo Kante and forward Michy Batshuayi this summer but has yet to add defensive reinforcements.

The Blues have long been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly but have been unable to lure him away from Napoli, while AC Milan say they have knocked back a bid for Alessio Romagnoli.

As he prepares to take on Burnley today, Conte admits his squad is not deep enough and with Wednesday's transfer deadline looming the Italian knows time is running out.

"I think we'll have a problem in reaching our targets," he said. "I hope, through this transfer market, to improve the squad but we understand our targets are very difficult to reach.

"I think the most important thing is to work to improve the squad and improve your players. When you start the season it is already very tough.

"It's important to have many players to face these situations, but this market is very crazy and we are seeing that it's very difficult."

Chelsea this week did sign goalkeeper Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, but Conte was quick to point out that did not signal the departure of second-choice keeper Asmir Begovic.

"The situation is very clear," he added. "We have three good goalkeepers now; first (Thibaut) Courtois, second Begovic, third Eduardo."

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