Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is looking for answers with those in charge of the transfers, after several top targets were not signed in the recent transfer window, according to the Daily Star.
The Blues signed six players during the summer, most notably Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for club-record fee but many more targets were not brought in after the failure to secure their services..
The reigning Premier League Champions missed out on several players, and had to settle for other players, or none at all.
Most notably, former Blue, Romelu Lukaku, who chose to head to Manchester United, to rejoin his manager at Chelsea at the time, Jose Mourinho.
Other players, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who snubbed Chelsea for Liverpool, due being offered his preferred position, in midfield, and Ross Barkley, who rejected the move late on, after wanting to reconsider his position at club, after the London side agreed a fee and personal terms with Everton and the England international.
This hasn’t been the first window under Abramovich’s reign where the business done hasn’t been good enough. The season Jose Mourinho was dismissed, current Premier League Champions at the time also, no new players, of stature were brought in. Instead, he had to settle for Papy Djilobodji, a player he never wanted.
As the Star report, the transfer chiefs, Michael Emenalo and Marina Granovskaia are coming under serious pressure due to another poor window, something that Antonio Conte also echoes.
Could this finally see a change at Chelsea, to make them more potent in the market. If the club, after just winning England’s biggest trophy, can’t secure top players, something isn’t right, something needs changing.