Antonio Conte has reportedly set his sights on signing Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto.
Chelsea’s manager has endured a frustrating transfer window that has seen eight departures from the first team squad and only four arrivals.
Conte has been keen to buy a new right-sided player to compete with Victor Moses but has struggled to land his targets.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains an Arsenal player despite efforts to sign him while Danilo joined Manchester City.
But Catalan newspaper Sport reports Conte has now turned his attention to Roberto — and the publication, which has close ties to the Nou Camp, also reports that Roberto has a €40million (£36million) release clause.
Conte has reportedly let his feelings known to Chelsea’s hierarchy after admitting on Wednesday he is desperate for more siginings.
“It’s very important to try to improve our squad because we have one more competition,” he said on Sky
“We have to play Champions League. It’s not easy. It’s very important to try to find the right solution, to try to improve the squad, to improve the quality before (we) start the season.”
When asked for his thoughts on the current season, he added: “It won’t be easy to repeat an amazing season like last year.because to finish with 93 points, to finish with 30 wins, it won’t be easy.
“But for sure we want to try to fight, to fight until the end, to try to retain the title.
“We have to know that only through the work we can improve a lot and that we must work harder than last season… For sure it won’t be easy to win, but we want to try to fight to win something this season.”