Despite the uncertainty over the future of Antonio Conte and who will be manager next season, Chelsea are pushing ahead with their chase for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to the Mirror.
However, signing players without the manager’s say-so was the beginning of the end for Conte and continuing that approach is a huge risk for Roman Abramovich to take.
The report states that the Blues are determined not to miss out on the signature of the midfield maestro amid interest from Barcelona, Arsenal and Liverpool and that’s why they’re not willing to wait around to see who their manager will be before swooping.
It goes on to say that Roman Abramovich is keen to overhaul a squad that has endured a disappointing season and does not want to be caught napping, especially in a World Cup summer.
It also says that Abramovich is taking a more hands-on approach this summer, and that is why the negotiations over the £31.5m-rated midfielder can proceed in spite of the uncertain managerial situation.
The problems between Conte and the Chelsea board started when they started granting him players such as Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley and it is clear to see that they haven’t learned their lesson.
Just bidding for expensive talent and handing it to a manager regardless of his specific demands and wishes is not a recipe for success and for as long as Abramovich believes that it is, Chelsea will struggle.
There isn’t much point beating off competition to sign players if you’re unsure that the management will like them; that’s what Chelsea need to learn if they are to build a functional football club.