Chelsea won’t rush into transfer market ““ Villas-Boas
The Blues' new manager insists he will take his time before deciding on summer transfer targets
Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas insists he will not be rushed into making new signings this summer.
The Blues have already had two offers for Tottenham playmaker Luka ModriÄ‡ turned down by Spurs ““ but the new man at the Bridge says he needs more time to evaluate his squad, who began their pre-season preparations 10 days ago.
Villas-Boas’s side crept to a 1-0 win over Portsmouth in their first public pre-season friendly on Saturday and speaking after the match, the Chelsea boss refused to be drawn into details over potential transfer targets.
“I’m still evaluating things,” said Villas-Boas. “I’ll take it step by step. It’s pretty obvious for us that we will go into the market at one time or another, but not to make radical changes to the team.”
When asked about the speculation linking both ModriÄ‡ and former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker with moves to Stamford Bridge, he added: “At the moment we are scanning the market for everything ““ not just those two players.
“It’s one of the positions we are looking to strengthen. It’s just a question of finding a solution. We don’t want to build a squad that is too high in numbers.
“We have to respect the number of competitions we have and the toughness of those competitions but the balance will always be with 24 players in the squad.”
Chelsea will be without holding midfielder Michael Essien until January at the earliest after the Ghana international underwent knee surgery last week, and Villas-Boas admits he may be forced to bring in some cover to help cope with his absence.
“Let’s wait and see,” he continued. “Of course six months is a lot of time and bearing in mind that was already a sector we were looking to strengthen we may have to move in the market.
“We have a couple of targets identified throughout Europe and we are not going to take that decision lightly. We will choose the right person, also bearing in mind the philosophy we want to implement ““ this is much more important.”
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas confirmed that Chelsea have agreed a fee with Belgian champions Genk for their highly-rated teenage goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The 19-year-old’s move to Stamford Bridge is expected to be finalised later this week.