The volatile Italian claimed he barely has any input into signings after they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday. Chelsea are already considering their options for next season and Conte’s position as head coach is in serious jeopardy. Stamford Bridge chiefs have consistently claimed over the years that the manager has final approval on all transfers and are angry with him for suggesting otherwise. Conte was a stunning success in his first season — guiding the Blues to the title.
Despite the uncertainty over his future, Blues bosses are still trying to bring in two more of his targets this month — striker Edin Dzeko and left-back Emerson Palmieri, both from Roma. Conte said after the game at the Emirates: “I think the club decide our transfer market. As I said before, my task is to try to improve the team. “About the transfer market, from the summer, the club decides every single player.
“My first task is to do my job, and be a coach, and to try to improve my players. For sure, I don’t have a big impact on the transfer market.” But he has cut an increasingly frustrated figure this campaign, even after the club spent almost £200MILLION in the summer.