Now without a club following his departure from Barcelona upon the expiry of his three-year deal last summer.
Defenders Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson remain out with hamstring problems.
Given the speculation surrounding their manager, it was intriguing to note the response of Chelsea fans.
"If Manchester City wants Alexis Sanchez, they buy Alexis Sanchez".
"The prospect of a potential 20 games in 75 days will stretch a squad short on numbers".
Conte has been under the scanner as a result of inconsistent performances this season and recurring rows with the board about transfer policies.
Next, asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's free fall down the CIES Football Observatory's most valuable players list to 49th, the one-time LaLiga top goalscorer was incredulous.
CHELSEA take on Leicester on Saturday afternoon, but who will start?
"But he can be a little one-dimensional at times and I don't think Chelsea are that sort of team".
"We are talking about young players".
"I appreciate a lot this player because he is a really good player, Vardy". And I have great respect for the plan of the others because everyone tries to kill you.
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The availability of Sanchez has become a more pressing topic of conversation at Stamford Bridge in light of Chelsea's attacking struggles. That was a 2-0 defeat in September 2000 (W16, D9, L1). And let's not forget his success with AC Milan who before Juventus were the last club to experience Serie A glory, meaning Allegri has won four of the last seven Scudettos, and has number five in his sights this term.
Speaking to the media ahead of Chelsea's League Cup first leg against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Conte refused to let his war of words with Mourinho go.
But will he play regularly under Antonio Conte this season?
He allowed Diego Costa to leave on the back of a Premier League title success last season, with only Alvaro Morata added to the ranks over the summer. Enrique has expressed an interest in managing a Premier League club in the past.
Leicester have lost successive away games in the division, having been unbeaten in the previous seven.
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