Antonio Conte holds positive talks with Chelsea

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  • Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain despite the new offer
  • Conte’s relationship with the club has soured over a lack of transfer activity
  • The Italian met with chief executive officer Marina Granovskaia on Sunday
  • Conte was encouraged by the talks over his new deal and transfer plans 

Antonio Conte has held positive talks with Chelsea as he considers signing a new contract.

The Chelsea manager’s relationship with the club has come under increasing strain in recent weeks as he grew frustrated at a lack of transfer activity and guidelines that the players may have to be sold first before he can buy.

However, the Italian met with Chelsea chief executive officer Marina Granovskaia on Sunday and was suitably encouraged by discussions about his contract and plans for the summer.

Antonio Conte has held positive talks with Chelsea over a new deal at Stamford Bridge 

Antonio Conte has held positive talks with Chelsea over a new deal at Stamford Bridge 

It is understood Chelsea are willing to increase the 47-year-old’s salary to around £9.5million-a-year and expect to make headway on transfers this week.

A further meeting, involving Conte and owner Roman Abramovich, is also planned to take place over the next few days.

Chelsea are talking to Everton about a deal for Romelu Lukaku and want to bring in Juventus left-back Alex Sandro plus Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco. 

Free agent Willy Caballero has agreed to join as back-up goalkeeper while Conte also wants a winger and a centre-back with Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng among the names discussed.

The Italian manager has grown frustrated at a lack of transfer activity at the club this summer

The Italian manager has grown frustrated at a lack of transfer activity at the club this summer

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