Following the disappointment of a tenth-placed finish last season, Chelsea were expected to overhaul their first-team squad this summer and bring a wealth of new faces to Stamford Bridge.
Since Antonio Conte’s arrival there has been plenty of transfer speculation in the press, but Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante remain the only new players added to the Blues’ squad.
Both of these international stars have certainly added unique qualities to Chelsea’s contingent and have cost over £60 million in fees already this summer.
However, with both Manchester clubs outspending the usually lavish Chelsea in the summer transfer market, Blues fans will be waiting for when the rest of their recruits will be announced.
That said, where former managers have been ready to splash ever penny of Roman Abramovich’s available cash, Conte’s latest comments suggest that he is not as fancy free with spending the Russian oil tycoon’s money.
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“No, I’m not comfortable – I don’t like to pay a lot of money,” The Independent quote the Italian as saying at a press conference this week.
“If a player deserves it, then it’s right. But for a medium player, it’s right to pay the right price, not £20million or £30million over. That’s not right.
“We must be patient and wait. We need to sign some players.”
Patience, waiting and being careful with money is something that is more aligned to Arsenal’s transfer policy under the frugal Arsene Wenger and far from Chelsea’s usual approach.
However, with only the two summer signings so far and complaints of an inflated market, which Chelsea have helped create over the years, is there is a change of tact at Stamford Bridge under Conte?
Arsenal are arguably the best-run club in the Premier League from a financial persecutive while Chelsea traditionally have been haphazard with their spending.
But, Gunners fans have become frustrated with the lack of expenditure in recent transfer windows – it will be interesting to see the reaction of their Chelsea counterparts if major targets are not landed due to a reluctance to overspend by the end of August.