Antonio Conte has admitted he is finding it ‘difficult’ to sign new Chelsea players due to the large valuations of ‘medium-level’ players.
The Blues have added midfielder N’Golo Kante and striker Michy Batshuayi this summer for over £60million, but Conte is struggling to add to his first two signings.
“At this moment it’s very difficult to buy because, also, if you ask a player of the medium level, a club might ask for £55m. For this reason, it’s a crazy market,” Conte said. “It’s very difficult to enter the market with these prices and in this condition.
“I’m not comfortable [paying over the odds]. I don’t like to pay a lot of money. If a player warrants us paying [lots of] money, then it’s right. But for a medium player, it’s right only to pay the right price, not £20m-30m over. That’s not right. The money is not mine, but I don’t like it the same. I don’t find it right.”
Chelsea are said to have been quoted £60million for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, while they have also been linked with a £22million move for Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez. However, Conte refused to discuss specific targets but did acknowledge that the Chelsea squad needs to be improved.
“It’s difficult to speak about discussions I have with the club, but we are awaiting the right solution to improve Chelsea,” said Conte. “We need to sign some players. We are now a few players down in defence – we only have a few – but we are working together, me and the club, to find the right solution.
“We must be patient and wait. Not only at Chelsea, too: I have seen this with the other clubs. It’s very difficult to have a ‘good market’, but now it’s a real situation for all of us. We must live with it and find a solution. We have two weeks before the end of the transfer market. If we can improve this squad, we want to improve it.”