Chelsea transfer news: Allegri to replace Conte next summer, Batshuayi closing in on a loan move to Sevilla and more - 11th January 2018
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Massimiliano Allegri agrees to take over at Chelsea next summer
Last week, there were reports that Chelsea are planning to replace manager Antonio Conte with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone at the end of the season, however, Daily Mail has revealed that Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is the man in line to take over.
The 48-year-old Conte, who became an overnight hero after winning the Premier League title in his first season in England, is contracted with the Blues for one more year and has been repeatedly linked with a move back to Italy.
On the other hand, Allegri is contracted until 2020 with the Italian club and the Bianconeri are not keen on letting him go.
Paris Saint-Germain join the race for Alex Sandro
There were reports last week that a £50m deal will be tabled by Chelsea for Juventus' Alex Sandro, whom the Blues targeted last summer as well, but failed to get.
Until last week, Antonio Conte was set to beat Jose Mourinho in the race to sign the full-back but Goal.com has reported that Paris Saint-Germain, who are unable to buy this winter due to financial fair play restrictions, are also interested to bring in the Brazilian at the end of the season
The Serie A champions are ready to let the 26-year-old leave the Allianz Stadium as they have identified Bayer Leverkusen's Wendell as his potential replacement.
Sandro, who has scored a goal and provided five assists in 19 appearances in all competitions this term, is contracted to the Old Lady until the summer of 2020.
Antonio Conte ready to let Michy Batshuayi go
The Daily Mail has reported that Spanish club Sevilla want to sign Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi on loan before the January transfer window closes.
The striker, who scored seven goals in 19 appearances in all competitions for the Blues this season, is not unhappy at Stamford Bridge but he wants to move out for more playing chances in order to book his place in Belgium’s World Cup squad.
The 24-year-old started only two Premier League games this term, has been restricted to substitute appearances as Antonio Conte preferred to play Eden Hazard as a forward ahead of his fellow Belgian in the absence of Alvaro Morata.
"He has to show me that he's better than Morata, or than Hazard. It's very simple,” Conte said earlier in the season.
"But don't forget that Michy this season is playing more than last season. Last season he didn't play. He didn't play and I think this season if you consider his injury for a month, he had his chance," the Italian manager added.
Antonio Conte has also made it clear that he will not stop any player from leaving if he finds a suitable replacement in time.