As per reports in France, The Blues have reportedly begun talks to sign Monaco starlet Thomas Lemar.
The France International was close to signing for Arsenal as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez. Neither deal, however, was completed on the deadline day. The youngster is also linked with a move to Anfield, but with Liverpool spending £75 million on Virgil Van Dijk, another big money signing seems unlikely for Liverpool.
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French outlet L’Equipe, reports that Chelsea are frontrunners to sign the Frenchman. Conte has enlisted the highly versatile prospect as a top target for the January transfer window. It was earlier reported that Chelsea would offer Michy Batshuayi as part of the deal since the Monaco president is a huge fan of the Belgium International.
Conte on Chelsea’s involvement in the transfer window
Conte has requested the board to back him for the transfer window as he feels that the January signings will be pivotal in the club’s state in the second half of the season. He said:
“I am very happy to stay here and to work with these players but I think the transfer window could be important if we are able to find the right players.
“Otherwise we continue to work with these players. I am very happy to work with them and for sure the club is trying to do its best in the transfer market to improve the squad and our numerical aspect.”
Chelsea’s good run in the Premier League continued as they dominated Stoke City en route to a 5-0 victory at home and secured the second spot in the table in the process. Apart from Lemar, Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Leon Bailey, Yannick Carrasco, Alex Sandro and Ross Barkley
With the future of Eden Hazard in jeopardy, Chelsea must look to bolster their attack which has been inconsistent this season. Lemar would be a perfect fit at Stamford Bridge and can help the Blues salvage something from this season.