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07 July 2017

Antonio Conte’s ‘future in doubt’ as raging Chelsea boss rues Blues’ lack of transfer activity with Romelu Lukaku heading to Manchester United

ANTONIO CONTE’S Chelsea future could be in doubt with the Blues manager furious over the lack of transfer activity so far this summer.

The Italian is understood to be furious that technical director Michael Emenalo has failed to bring in his required targets, with the added burden of Champions League football due to stretch his squad next season.

Antonio Conte is understood to be furious over Chelsea's inability to sign big-name players so far this summer
Antonio Conte is understood to be furious over Chelsea’s inability to sign big-name players so far this summer
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Michael Emenalo had a rocky relationship with Jose Mourinho and is understood to have frustrated Antonio Conte too
Michael Emenalo had a rocky relationship with Jose Mourinho and is understood to have frustrated Antonio Conte too
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Conte, 47, was desperate to land No1 target Romelu Lukaku from Everton, but it appears Manchester United have hoodwinked the Premier League champions.

Inside United sources broke the huge news that the Red Devils had agreed a £75million fee with Everton for the Belgian striker.

And to rub salt into the wounds, Jose Mourinho has re-signed the striker whom he sold from Chelsea in 2014 – and now he looks set to join a major rival.

Conte had earmarked the striker has the priority for the summer window with Diego Costa on the verge of heading back to Atletico Madrid for around £40m, via a loan in China for six months.

And according to the Mirror, the episdoe has put Conte’s future into major doubt.

They also report that the former Juventus and Italy manager had even drawn up a tactical blueprint with Lukaku as the focal point of the champions’ attack.

Romelu Lukaku looks to be heading to Manchester United after the Red Devils agreed a £75m deal for the striker
Romelu Lukaku looks to be heading to Manchester United after the Red Devils agreed a £75m deal for the striker
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Romelu Lukaku played for Belgium last month before heading to Los Angeles where he spent time on holiday with Paul Pogba
Romelu Lukaku played for Belgium last month before heading to Los Angeles where he spent time on holiday with Paul Pogba
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Chelsea could turn to Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata after seeming to miss out on Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea could turn to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata after seeming to miss out on Romelu Lukaku
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He also wanted Virgil van Dijk, but the defender always looked closer to joining Liverpool before Southampton made a complaint to the Premier League.

Alex Sandro, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata are three other targets Chelsea have still yet to land, with uncertainty still surrounding the two transfers.

Conte’s relationship with Emenalo has been rocky and his text message exchange with Costa did not impress the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has been linked with Chelsea all summer so far but the Blues are still to agree a fee for the Monaco midfielder
Tiemoue Bakayoko has been linked with Chelsea all summer so far but the Blues are still to agree a fee for the Monaco midfielder
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Antonio Conte also wanted to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton but the deal has been complicated by Liverpool's failed chase for the defender
Antonio Conte also wanted to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton but the deal has been complicated by Liverpool’s failed chase for the defender
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But the Nigerian appears to have been on a mission to try and keep Conte on-side, just months after the club’s hugely impressive march to the title.

He had been on holiday with his coaching staff in Sardinia before heading back to London to finalise plans for their pre-season trip, where they face Arsenal on July 22, then Bayern Munich and Inter.

Romelu Lukaku sings as he films Paul Pogba dancing poolside while on holiday in LA


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