It’s odd to think that Luke Shaw is currently the most-expensive left-back in football history.
This summer the Man United outcast may have that record taken from him as Chelsea pursue highly-rated Brazilian Alex Sandro.
The Blues have had a £52million bid for the Juventus star rejected but will make an increased offer of £55m, according to reports.
Chelsea are also stepping up in their chase of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and are expected to make a £40m move for the France international.
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta hinted at the weekend that the Old Lady had rejected a €60m (£52m) bid for Sandro.
The Guardian report that Chelsea will now make another offer.
The £55m bid would be a club record for the Blues, whose biggest transfer fee currently stands at £50m for Fernando Torres.
The deal would also eclipse Shaw’s £30m move from Southampton to Man United in 2014.
Conte has been frustrated at the lack of progress in the market so far and has seen his biggest rivalries already complete big moves.
The Italian, who is yet to sign a contract extension, has seen his relationship with the board turn rather more frosty after his public fall out with Diego Costa, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge shortly.
Chelsea are looking at Romelu Lukaku as a potential replacement – but Everton want a world record fee for the Belgian.
Brazilian international Sandro, 26, will be seen as an upgrade at left wing-back over Marcos Alonso.
Conte is looking for reinforcements and upgrades in all areas of the squad.
The Italian was over-reliant on a small group of players, but that will be harder next season with Champions League football.