However, when the Italian was asked if Chelsea are making a play to sign Sanchez, Antonio Conte responded: “I don’t know, but I don’t think so.”
Furthermore, Conte was very reluctant to discuss the transfer market this January window.
“About the transfer market, I prefer to talk to the club, also to give opinions,” he added. “I repeat: I don’t want to give my opinion about the transfer market.”
Of course, it’s certainly not in Conte’s interest to talk up a player that his club is keen on acquiring. Confirming, and thus hyping a desire to sign a player only drives the price up, and there’s, reportedly, already a bidding war underway for Sanchez. While Antonio Conte didn’t say much at all, the agent for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mino Raiola talked more, saying that his client is actually the key to Arsenal selling their stellar forward to Old Trafford.
Obviously, an agent very much has an interest in discussing, and thus hyping a potential transfer situation.