Chelsea’s attempts to appease their manager, Antonio Conte, will see them step up efforts to strengthen the first‑team squad this week with an improved bid anticipated for Alex Sandro at Juventus and progress in the protracted pursuit of Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko.
Conte, who is on holiday back in Italy, had anticipated the Premier League winners making early moves in the transfer market as they prepare to return to the Champions League after a season-long absence. The lack of progress is understood to have deeply frustrated the 47-year-old, who has yet to commit to the contract extension.
Sandro, who has seven caps for Brazil, was formerly at Porto, with Conte having earmarked him early as a potential upgrade on Marcos Alonso at left wing-back.
Chelsea’s long-standing interest in Bakayoko is also likely to come to fruition, with the France international set to join for a fee in excess of £40m after a fine season at the heart of Monaco’s Ligue 1 title-winning midfield.