Chelsea boss Conte admits striker deal is dead in the water

Date published: Tuesday 30th January 2018 1:56

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted the club’s move for Edin Dzeko is dead in the water.

The Blues were linked with a move for the Roma forward, but personal terms are understood to have held up the deal and Conte is now looking elsewhere at potential targets.

Conte said: “He’s Roma’s player and I think that he will continue to be Roma’s player.”

The Italian did insist that Michy Batshuayi remains in contention for Chelsea’s match against Bournemouth on Wednesday, depsite the possibility of a loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

Batshuayi is believed to favour regular first-team opportunities, but Conte is reluctant to allow him to leave with Alvaro Morata still recovering from a back injury.

“Yes, he’s in contention for tomorrow’s game,” Conte said of Batshuayi. “I don’t know [if he will leave] but now he’s a Chelsea player. For this reason he’s in contention, also because I have Morata injured and I don’t have other options, especially if Willian is also injured. Hazard can play No. 9, and then [I have to] find another No. 10.”

Olivier Giroud and Fernando Llorente are understood to be on Conte’s list of targets.

Speaking about Giroud, Conte added: “I give my opinion to the club and then they try to do their best in the transfer market. I can speak about specific characteristics of players and how we can improve. But we are talking about players of other teams and must continue to have respect.”

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