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Antonio Conte orders Chelsea’s board to sign three players in January

Antonio Conte orders Chelsea's board to sign three players in January
Antonio Conte has requested three signings at Chelsea. (AFP/Getty Images)

Antonio Conte has ordered Chelsea‘s board to sign three players in the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Premier League champions are already on the brink of securing a £15 million deal for Ross Barkley as the Everton midfielder is due to undergo a medical on Friday.

But after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday evening, Conte criticised Chelsea’s hierarchy for refusing to sign the players he has requested.

According to The Times, Conte has given Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia, who plays a major role in the club’s transfer business, a list of his targets.

Antonio Conte orders Chelsea's board to sign three players in January
Ross Barkley is in line to be Chelsea’s first January signing. (Getty Images)

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The report claims that the Italian is demanding a new central defender, a left-back and a striker.

Conte is also understood to have allowed Michy Batshuayi to leave Stamford Bridge this month on the condition that a replacement is signed.

The 24-year-old, who was a £33m signing from Marseille in 2016, barely featured under Conte in his first season at Stamford Bridge and has struggled to secure a regular role since Alvaro Morata’s arrival last summer.

Antonio Conte orders Chelsea's board to sign three players in January
Conte has told Chelsea that Michy Batshuayi can leave this month. (Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Conte also stressed that he does not have a major influence in Chelsea’s recruitment process.

‘I’m not involved in the transfer market, I give my opinion but the club decide for the players they want to buy, to invest in,’ he said.

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