Following his side's defeats in the Community Shield and on the opening day of the Premier League season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is more desperate than ever to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window.

The Premier League champions have already invested heavily in their squad, spending just over £120 million on bringing Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to Stamford Bridge.

Yet with with the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic and potentially Diego Costa all leaving the club this summer, on top of fringe players such as Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic and Nathaniel Chalobah, Blues boss Conte is short of strength in depth, which has become increasingly noticeable over the past week.


It was a bad day at the office for the Premier League champions, who crashed to a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley. Image: PA

With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Pedro and Victor Moses all unavailable today through suspension and injury, Chelsea slumped to a shock 3-2 home defeat to Sean Dyche's Burnley, with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas both being sent off, meaning they will also be unavailable for next week's trip to Tottenham.

Conte has grown frustrated with the lack of progress the Chelsea board have made securing some of his top targets this summer and is hoping that three more signings can be made by 31st August.

And a second bid for Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater is being readied, after the Blues failed with an initial bid of £15 million, last week.


Danny Drinkwater could be on his way to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea readying an improved offer of £25 million for the Leicester midfielder. Image: PA

Chelsea will up their offer for the Foxes midfielder to £25 million in order to reunite the England international with N'Golo Kante, with whom he won the Premier League title in 2016 at the King Power Stadium.

The 27-year-old is interested in leaving Leicester for the Premier League champions, which Conte hopes will convince the Foxes to part with the midfielder when the Blues return with their improved offer.

According to the Telegraph, Conte has retained an interest in Drinkwater since last summer, when he originally became interested in the Premier League winner and brought his midfield partner Kante to Stamford Bridge.


Antonio Conte has grown frustrated with his board's lack of progress in securing deals for his top targets, this summer. Image: PA

Drinkwater has made 218 appearances for Leicester in his six years with the club, scoring 14 goals and winning the Premier League and the Championship during his time in the East Midlands.

(H/T The Telegraph)

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