The Blues have funds available after agreeing the big-money sale of Oscar to China, but they will only move for adaptable players
Antonio Conte has refused to rule out bolstering his Chelsea squad in the January transfer window, but he will not spend the bounty brought in by Oscar’s lucrative move to Shanghai SIPG simply for the sake of doing so.
The Blues have funds available for fresh faces, but their Italian tactician insists they will only dip into the winter market if players who are capable of adapting to a system that has delivered 12 straight Premier League wins become available.
Conte: We are not super favourites
Instead, Conte has suggested that he will initially look to younger players such as Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to fill the void left by Oscar’s departure, along with running the rule over Kenedy and Charly Musonda following their respective loan returns from Watford and Real Betis.
“For sure, we sold Oscar and we have money to spend but it is important to spend money in the right way. To spend money just to spend money, I don’t like this,” he said.
“I prefer to buy players who can adapt to our system and come in to our team. It is not easy in this window to find this type of player. With the club we are working on this aspect.”
The former Juventus and Italy boss added: “Kenedy and Musonda are back from their loans because they didn’t play a lot. For this reason I think it is important to stay with us in these weeks to evaluate the best situation for them and for the team.
“In January it is not easy. With the club we are talking about this to find if there is the possibility to try to find the best solution for our squad.
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“Also we have a lot of young players in our squad and I trust in them – Ruben and Chalo, also we recovered [fit again defender Kurt] Zouma and then Musonda and Kenedy.”
“We are talking of players 19, 20, 21 years. It is important to work with this type of player and try to find the right solution. If it is not possible, it is important to look around and find a new solution.”