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Conte stays patient as he hunts value in 'crazy' transfer market

By Staff Reporter

Antonio Conte admitted that Chelsea have to "wait" to land their top targets over the final weeks of the window as they adjust to life in the "crazy transfer market".

Chelsea have only made two new signings this summer, N'Golo Kante from Leicester City and Michy Batshuayi from Marseille, and have been frustrated in their pursuit of another centre-forward and centre-back.

This means Chelsea will not face West Ham United on Monday evening, in Conte's first game in charge, with quite the first team they were hoping for - they have not yet been able to close deals for Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli or Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

In his first pre-match press conference at Cobham yesterday, Conte said that the inflated state of the market was restricting Chelsea's ability to sign players they want.

"Every club adopts a transfer policy," Conte said. "I think Chelsea are waiting for the right solution. It is not easy. It is a crazy transfer market. When you try to buy one player the cost is very expensive. It is a very strange situation. We are waiting for the solution. We must be patient."

There are still question marks hanging over many players who Conte inherited this summer, and there is speculation linking Nemanja Matic to Juventus.

But Conte said: "Nemanja is an important player for me and he knows this. He is a Chelsea player."

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