Journalist lifts lid on Chelsea’s summer transfer situation

Gabriele Marcotti reveals Chelsea are refusing to be ripped off by clubs over their top summer targets

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Chelsea are refusing to pay over the odds for their summer targets, according to Gabriele Marcotti.

The Premier League champions have endured a slow summer transfer window so far after adding just three players to their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League next season.

Chelsea signed Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero to replace Asmir Begovic earlier this month after the Bosnia international sealed a move to Bournemouth.

The Blues recruited AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger in a £34m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma to bolster Antonio Conte’s defensive options ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, before also adding midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on Saturday.

Chelsea have been linked with a host of players in the summer transfer window so far, but the Premier League champions have been left largely frustrated.

Indeed, the west London side missed out on Belgium international Romelu Lukaku after the 24-year-old completed a £75m switch to Manchester United from Everton.

Naturally, some Chelsea fans are getting worried about the lack of transfer activity, while Conte is thought to be losing patience with the club’s board.

However, ESPN FC reporter Marcotti has suggested that Chelsea’s slow progress this summer is a result of the club’s unwillingness to get ripped off.

“Nobody likes to be ripped off,” Marcotti said.

“Everyone knows Chelsea and Man City have a lot of money and have positions they want to strengthen, so they quote them enormous prices. [But] I think they’ll get their players.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season in what was Conte’s debut campaign in England.

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