Antonio Conte admits Chelsea will struggle to make signings in 'crazy' market

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The Antonio Conte era at Chelsea may have started with three straight wins, but the victories haven't hidden the fact that the west London club could use some reinforcements.

Premier League wins over West Ham and Watford only came via late Diego Costa goals, whilst a strong lineup conceded two goals at Stamford Bridge against League One Bristol Rovers in mid week.

Conte himself has been open in admitting he'd like another couple of signings before the transfer window closes next week. However, speaking during his Friday press conference, the Italian admitted it would be "very difficult" to get any new players through the door before August 31.


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“I have some targets, and you understand these targets are very difficult to buy," the former Juventus manager said, via The Independent.

"I repeat: this transfer market is very crazy, very difficult to reach the targets for us."

The 47-year-old did make clear that he still hopes to have some new players in his squad in the days after this weekend's fixture against Burnley. Nevertheless, his comments won't exactly leave Chelsea fans confident that will be the case.


A centre back and backup striker have long been on Conte's wish list since he arrived at Stamford Bridge after Euro 2016.

However, despite chasing the likes of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku for much of the summer, he has been unable to add to the signings of Michy Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante.

With Batshuayi having already racked up three goals in his young Chelsea career, and Diego Costa netting two crucial late goals in the Premier League so far, Conte can probably live without a new striker.

Defence, though, has long been pinpointed as an area for improvement by the ex-Juve boss.

John Terry and Gary Cahill remain the only two fit senior centre backs in the squad at present, with Branislav Ivanovic their understudy at this point. With a long and gruelling season ahead, Chelsea will be straining their resources if they fail to add options at the back before next Wednesday.

Alongside their interest in Koulibaly, the Stamford Bridge side have been chasing AC Milan defender Alessio Romangnoli.

However, proving Conte's point about a "crazy" transfer market, the 21-year-old Italian has been priced at £60 million - the same fee Napoli are demanding for Koulibaly.

Unfortunately for Conte and Chelsea, they appear to be stuck in between a rock and a hard place as deadline day fast approaches.

They want to add depth to their squad but, even with Roman Abramovich's money behind them, they don't want to be held to ransom for players who aren't certain to live up to their inflated price tags.

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