Chelsea to step up efforts to sign Alex Sandro and Tiemoué Bakayoko

• Juventus will be offered £55m and Monaco £40m plus respectively
• Antonio Conte frustrated by lack of progress in the market

Chelsea’s attempts to appease their manager, Antonio Conte, will see them step up efforts to strengthen the first?team squad this week with an improved bid anticipated for Alex Sandro at Juventus and progress in the protracted pursuit of Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko.

Conte, who is on holiday back in Italy, had anticipated the Premier League winners making early moves in the transfer market as they prepare to return to the Champions League after a season-long absence. The lack of progress is understood to have deeply frustrated the 47-year-old, who has yet to commit to the contract extension that has been on the table since the end of the season and would establish him as the highest paid manager in the club’s history.

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