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Chelsea to tighten transfer budget purse strings with Antonio Contes successor to focus on youth

Chelsea set summer transfer budget for Antonio Conte's successor
The Italian, likely to leave this summer, has long complained about Chelseas spending (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Contes successor at Chelsea will have a very limited transfer budget to work with this summer as the west London club tighten their purse strings.

Although Conte still has one more year to run on his contract, he is now widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season having endured a miserable Premier League campaign and fallen out with Chelseas board.

The Italian has frequently criticised Chelseas lack of spending relative to clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, also disagreeing over targets.

Chelsea set summer transfer budget for Antonio Conte's successor
Chelsea want to become more self-sufficient as they build a new stadium (Picture: Getty)

However, The Evening Standard report that the new manager – whoever he may be – is unlikely to find Chelseas board and recruitment team any more accommodating than Conte did.


The Blues are keen to dial down their spending, particularly as they look to begin building their new stadium – with costs now rising to as much as £1.2 billion.

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Instead of looking to the transfer market to get Chelsea competing for the Premier League title again, the club want the next manager to use more youth, and will therefore offer only a limited transfer budget this summer.

Conte was often accused of overlooking the clubs vast army of loanees and academy starlets, with only Andreas Christensen breaking through under his reign.

FILE - In this Friday, May 26, 2017 file photo, FC Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique attends a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Arsenal has reportedly made informal contact with Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona coach who led the Spanish team to the La Liga-Copa del Rey-Champions League treble in his first season there in 2015 and a domestic league-and-cup double the following year. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)
Former Barca boss Luis Enrique, who has been out of work for a year, could replace Conte (AP)

But the next manager will need to make developing youth a priority, particularly with so little money to spend.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique remains the favourite to succeed Conte at Stamford Bridge, though a number of Mestalla graduates stagnated under him, while Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is also in the frame.

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