Transfers ‘Sanchez and Vidal are best in the world’ – Conte keen on signing Chilean duo Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Chelsea Antonio Conte A. Sánchez Arsenal Premier League While the manager admits he has only limited input in his side’s transfer policy, he has identified the two Roja stars as top targets Antonio Conte has admitted that he is a big fan of both Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez as the January transfer window opens.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, not Conte, is in charge of new signings at Chelsea as Roman Abramovich’s representative at the club. The Italian prefers to be called head coach at Chelsea as he wants to focus on the technical side of the game rather than the business of transfers. But despite changing his phone number to avoid agents’ calls, Conte does identify transfer targets – and he is a big fan of the Chilean duo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think there is this maybe this habit here, but I’m not involved in the transfer market, I give my opinion but the club decide for the players they want to buy, to invest in,” he told reporters.”I changed my number. I don’t have this problem. In this period for us it’s very difficult, but it’s right for the club to be involved 100 per cent in the transfer market and to try to do the best for the team and for the club and I’m ready to face every situation.“We must stay calm. I don’t like to speak about other players of other teams but you are talking about two big and strong players, top players for their roles, and Vidal is one of the best in the world but Sanchez is the same as a striker.”Conte’s admission of admiration for Sanchez comes just a day before his Arsenal side face Chelsea in the London derby. Sanchez will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season but Manchester City are thought to be in pole position to secure his services. Chelsea have a small squad compared to some of their rivals, and could look to strengthen in January. Conte is keen at the very least to not see any current first-team players leave even on loan unless replacements are signed.The 47-year-old gave details on how he plays his role in the club’s ambitions to secure players in the transfer windows.”I think that we must be ready for all and to work on the pitch and also to work on the transfer market but you have to understand what your role is in the club, I’m very focused on the pitch to try to improve my players and the transfer market is for the club,” he added.“I trust in my club and I’m sure they will take the best decision for the team. In this case when I tell that I give my opinion to the club, I try to tell where are the roles we can improve also on the numerical aspect because in some roles we don’t have a couple of players.”Or there is a young player that is not ready to play with the first team. If the club ask me some names I try to do this but then it’s the club, it’s the club that decides the name, the investment, which is the best player for the team.””I think that the situation can change a club-by-club [on who signs the players], in Italy for example there is a sporting director to talk about the transfer market also with you and to answer these questions and for the coach.“It’s easier because I understand that in England it’s a bit different and in every press conference in this period it’s normal to get this kind of question. I think that it’s important for you to know and I’m a coach, I give my opinion if the club ask me, I think it’s right.”Michael Emenalo has left his key role of technical director in Chelsea’s transfer process to become sporting director at AS Monaco. The club doesn’t yet have plans to bring in someone new to work on transfers with Granovskaia but are considering various options which may not include a like-for-like replacement.
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While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Woodard is a big name to keep an eye on in the talent rich state of Texas playing for Lamar High School. With close to 30 Division I offers, it’s easy to see why schools love him. He’s coming off a junior campaign in which he tallied 42 receptions for 909 yards and 15 touchdowns. With a 6-foot-1 frame and breakaway speed, he will continue to be a big name in the coming months to watch. After nabbing commitments in January, February and early March, it’s been quiet on the recruiting trail. The 2018 class currently has four commitments, but with scholarships in high demand and schools aiming to get those spots filled before summer, you’ll start to see more commitments in the coming weeks and months. OSU has made a habit of capitalizing around spring football and the spring game.For now, it’s the time of the season when prospects are narrowing their lists. The latest recruit is four-star wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard, who named OSU in his top schools this week. Also on his list is Baylor, West Virginia, Clemson, Texas, Indiana, LSU, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.