Chelsea manager Antonio Conte should aim to chase available players rather than persuade clubs to sell their prized assets if he is to be successful in the transfer market this summer.
The Italian boss endured a frustrating time 12 months ago as he missed out on several key targets and while the lack of UEFA Champions League football was a huge factor, Conte was possibly a little over persistent in the chase of a number of players.
Conte’s pursuit of Napoli’s Senegalese international defender Kalidou Koulibaly is one example with Chelsea hitting a brick wall from day one. The Blues boss is rumoured to be ready to renew that move this summer with the Italian club again likely to be unwilling to negotiate a deal.
Moves for AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Real Madrid pair James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata also evolved into long drawn out saga’s which failed to materialise.
In defence, frustration in the transfer market led to hurried summer Transfer Deadline Day deals for Marcos Alonso and David Luiz as Conte battled to bring in more competition.
The early signs are that the current transfer window could be another tough environment to work in with so many top clubs chasing similar targets and Chelsea boss Conte must avoid getting drawn into long running transfer sagas to get the best out of the transfer market.