The Blues brought in Ross Barkley, Emerson and Olivier Giroud for a combined fee close to £50million during the January transfer market.

But Conte has still cut a frustrated figure in recent press conferences and on the touch-line.

Chelsea have endured an unsuccessful defence to their Premier League title having fallen 18 points behind Manchester City.

And their 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday night puts their top four hopes in the balance with Tottenham just two points behind.

There have been reports in Italy suggesting Conte is expected to move on at the end of the season.

However, the Italian coach was desperate to give his side the best possibility of helping Chelsea finish as high as possible in the league.

And the Guardian claim Conte wanted the club to make harder pushes to sign Virgil van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Sandro.

Both Van Dijk and Sanchez ended up signing for Chelsea’s rivals Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.

While the Stamford Bridge outfit were unable to match Juventus’ valuation for Sandro.

Chelsea will be hoping to get back on track with a win away to Watford on Monday night (8pm). 

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