Conte and Chelsea
In his 2 years leading Chelsea Antonio purchased a dozen senior players, not including any free transfers or loans. Some of those players formed both the core of that title-winning team as well as the team that is playing in the Champions League final this weekend. Players like Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonzo, and N’Golo Kante have been integral to Chelsea’s success.
However, some of his other purchases were not as successful, with Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi, and Alvaro Morata being a few of the bigger names that came in and found little success with the Blues. None were part of the team this season.
Those dozen players ranged in costs from $18.48 million (£13.09 million) for Barkley – on the low end – to $72.60 million (£51.43 million) for Morata. All told more than $430 million (£305 million) was spent according to transfermrkt.com. Now that is not the net transfer spend during that time, just the players brought in. Chelsea did have almost $330 million (£233 million) in outgoing transfers during that time as well but Chelsea’s ability to move players both in and out of the team versus Tottenham’s is quite different.
Bottom line, Chelsea backed Conte on two ends, selling the players he did not want including Oscar, Mo Salah, and Diego Costa; as well as bringing in the players he wanted. There was of course largely a similar situation at Inter.