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Conte and Chelsea chiefs at loggerheads over his transfer targets

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and his board are at odds over the manager's transfer targets.

The Times says Conte is trying to add experience, while club chiefs want players with resale value.

Current targets Fernando Llorente, 32, Antonio Candreva, 30, and 28-year-old Ivan Perisic are considered too old to be sold at a price down the line.

But Conte feels his current squad lacks players with proven quality – especially with Nemanja Matic at Manchester United and Diego Costa going AWOL.

The board's policy can be seen in the arrivals of Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger, who are both 24, and 22-year-old Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who are both 26, would appear to be the middle ground.

But deals for the duo have not progressed despite Blues chiefs entering into talks with Saints and Juve.

And the board prefer to plan for the medium to long-term future, having successfully turned the club into a profitable player in the market.

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