Antonio Conte cut in the Premier League Sack Race

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 17 July 2017, 10:12

Not a week goes by without a mention of Antonio Conte's future at Chelsea, and this week is proving to be no different.

Conte, who was previously out at 33/1 to be the first casualty of the Premier League Sack Race, is now the 6/1 second favourite for the chop behind Newcastle gaffer Rafa Benitez.

According to the latest reports from The Sun contract talks between Conte and Chelsea have hit a stumbling block with the Blues boss growing increasingly frustrated with how the summer transfer window has panned out so far.

The defending Premier League champions have missed out on a number of targets, most notably their former striker Romelu Lukaku who opted to join Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, whereas Sando is set to stay at Juventus and Leonardo Bonucci has moved to Milan.

Meanwhile, Chelsea's own Diego Costa looks to be returning to Atletico Madrid, with the striker spotted in an Atletico shirt in an Instagram video.

However, the Blues have splashed out £40m on Monaco midfielder Tiermoue Bakayoko, who joins fellow new boys Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero at the Bridge.

Conte, who was linked with Inter Milan, was reportedly set to sign a new four-year deal after leading the Blues to top-flight glory, however he has yet to put pen to paper, although he still has two years remaining, and it would be a huge shock if he suddenly departed.

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