Antonio Conte suggests Chelsea won't be drawn into transfer battle for Alexis Sanchez
Antonio Conte says he has great admiration for Alexis Sanchez, a player he previously tried to sign for Juventus, but is not aware of any attempts from Chelsea to join the race for his signature.
Sanchez and Conte were pictured in conversation in the aftermath of Chelsea and Arsenal's Carabao Cup stalemate midweek with the Blues boss admitting during a press conference on Friday he highly rates the player he tried to sign while he was still manager at Juventus, when Sanchez was emerging as one of Serie A's best talents.
"I said hello, he is a great player and he knows in my first season in Juventus we tried to buy him from Udinese and he decided to go to Barcelona," Conte said, ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Leicester City.
Conte went onto to explain Sanchez's contract situation at the Emirates means clubs like City and United have a "great chance" of signing him this month.
"If Manchester City want Sanchez, they buy Sanchez," Conte said.