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REVEALED: Fuming Conte was ready to quit Chelsea over Llorente transfer failure

Antonio Conte was ready to quit Chelsea in the final week of the summer market, it has been claimed.

AS says the Blues manager was so furious with the lack of effort made to sign former Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente he was ready to walk.

Llorente signed for Tottenham in the final days of the summer market, but only after Chelsea had failed with a nominal €5.5m offer for the Spain international.

Conte wanted to add Llorente to his squad, having tried for the veteran in January. The pair worked together at Juventus.

Llorente said at the time: "The truth is that Chelsea has been following me for a while, but in the end you know how it works. At the last minute of the transfer window, (Mauricio) Pochettino called me and convinced me to join Tottenham."

After venting, Conte eventually climbed down and agreed to stay with Chelsea with the season already underway.

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