Chelsea manager Antonio Conte have had a frustrating transfer window as Blues have failed to make major changes to their squad.
Their title rivals Manchester United and Manchester City have spent more than £150m each and have made key additions to their respective squads. Liverpool have also made seven new signings this summer to strengthen their team while Arsenal went for a late raid for Mustafi and Perez whom they signed yesterday.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have so far spent only £60 million and have brought N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi to Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues pursuit to sign a central defender have taken a major blow with the club failing to break the jinx despite interest in a number of targets across Italy which includes Nikola Maksimovic, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Romagnoli.
However, Blues are still keen to make few additions in the final few days as they are ready to spend money. But the manager says that it is the rival clubs’ that are being reluctant to sell.
“We didn’t refuse to spend the money for the right targets,” Conte insisted. “The situation is that the target is not available to buy and to spend the money on.
“Then I also told [them] that I’d prefer to spend a lot of money on the right great player, not on a medium player.”
However, when asked about rivals’ spending and Blues little progress with new signings, Conte insisted that the club needs to achieve their goals by working hard.
“We must understand that, now, in England, every team has money,” explained the former Juventus boss. “So you have to solve the problem with hard work.
“Sometimes you could solve the problem with money. Now you have to solve the problem with work. But that’s fine. I have no problem. Work is the bread and butter.”
The Italian coach have also felt that Blues cannot be knocked out so much in signing their targets and admits it is strange despite having money.
“Something is changing,” Conte suggested. “It’s very strange, this, but something is changing.”
When asked if not playing in Champions League or Europa League is affecting Chelsea’s transfer activity, Conte said: “No, I don’t think so.
“It’s logical that different players want to play Champions League. That’s logical, this.
“But Chelsea’s story is better than to play for one season missing Champions League. A great player can come the same, even with no Champions League, because of Chelsea’s story, great cups.
“I can speak also about the Abramovich era. In this 13 or 14 years, Chelsea always played in the Champions League,” the Italian pointed out. “Increasing fans all over the world, 44 million fans all over the world.
“Chelsea are not only a great club in England but all over the world. This is important. For this reason, I reply that you can’t play for one season in the Champions League, but at a club like Chelsea you always can [again].”