Cape Town - Antonio Conte has admitted that the one striker he truly covets is Tottenham frontman Harry Kane.
The Chelsea boss, who signed Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata for £58m, as
Diego Costa's future at the club remains uncertain, revealed in no
uncertain terms his admiration for the 23-year-old England striker.
Conte also spoke of his disappointment at missing out on the
signature of Spurs right-back Kyle Walker, who signed for Manchester
City for a whopping £50m.
After questioning Tottenham's title ambitions, Conte lauded the Premier League's top goalscorer for the past two seasons.
He said: "Tottenham is a really good squad if they are able to keep all the players.
"For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world.
"If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete
striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he
fights and he's strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the
"He's a complete player. He's one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m."
Conte further explained that Chelsea wanted to sign Walker but weren't prepared to pay over the odds for the player.
"We tried to buy Walker. Honestly, I think now every single player is
expensive. For you to even enquire about one player, he is expensive.
"You go to buy a right-back, a left-back or a central defender and he
is expensive. It is very difficult in the transfer market for the teams
that need to improve their squads."