Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has branded talk of a January move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez as disrespectful.
The Premier League leaders have been linked with a move for Sanchez, who has 18 months left on his contract.
But Conte said today: “I don’t think it is right to talk about other players and other teams.
“It is not right and we are totally focused on the next game. January and next season are very far away for us. It is important not to talk about other players because it is a lack of respect.”
Conte’s Blues are among a number of big clubs watching developments involving Sanchez closely.
Chelsea are already looking to tie Costa down to an improved contract at Stamford Bridge in the New Year and an audacious move for Sanchez next summer could give them one of the best forward lines in Europe.