Chelsea scaled the mountain last season to win the Premier League under new coach Antonio Conte. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a notoriously demanding man and he will want Conte to follow up on that success with another title. Here are five reasons why Chelsea will struggle to meet those lofty expectations.
more players are being linked with Manchester United, but — believe it or not — the Red Devils aren’t the only club seeking talent. DiMarzio is reporting that Antonio Conte is close to securing the services of Southampton center back Virgil Van Dijk, insisting the Dutch back is Conte’s top choice ahead of Juventus power house Leonardo Bonucci (which isn’t to say there isn’t room for both). The price? An eyebrow-raising $77 million. Meanwhile, Conte is selling talented Bertrand Traore outside the Premier League. A solid season on loan at Ajax upped interest in the 21-year-old striker, and L’Equipe says it’s a $22 million move to Lyon for Traore. How much do you think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is
Thursday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... JUVENTUS: Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender. - Juventus' general manager Beppe Marotta says that Alex Sandro can leave this summer if he is no longer happy, and confirmed a suitable bid has been received. - Sampdoria forward Patrik Schick arrived in Turin on Thursday morning to undergo a medical a head of a proposed move to Juventus this summer. CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Cristiano Ronaldo remained silent on his Real Madrid future after taking no questions during a postmatch