Jamie Redknapp sends blunt warning to Chelsea FC about transfers

The former Liverpool FC midfielder claims that Chelsea FC are no longer able to rival the Manchester clubs in the transfer market

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Chelsea FC don’t have the spending power to match the Manchester clubs any more, Jamie Redknapp has warned.

The Blues have been in a poor run of form at the start of 2018 following a return of two wins in nine games in the calendar year so far.

Chelsea FC have only managed to record one Premier League win in their last four outings to drop down to fourth place in the table.

The west London side signed three players in the January transfer window to improve their squad for the remaining months of the season.

Chelsea FC signed Ross Barkley in a £15m deal from Everton last month, while the Blues snapped up AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri.

The defending champions brought in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in a £21m transfer deal to bolster their attacking options.

However, the Blues missed out on some of their top targets, such as Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko.

Former Tottenham star Redknapp believes Chelsea are no longer capable of rivalling the financial mite of the Manchester clubs.

“Another factor, of course, is the spending power of teams like Manchester City,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“When Roman Abramovich first took over at Chelsea, they were able to write down who they wanted to bring in and then bully the market to sign those players.

“Now they’re the ones being bullied by big-spending sides like Manchester City. It’s harder to compete now and it’s harder to land those blue-chip players.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season but the Blues are well adrift of pacesetters Manchester City this term.

The Blues still have a Champions League round of 16 clash against La Liga giants Barcelona to look forward to later this month.

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