Di Matteo won't pay over odds
Roberto Di Matteo will not be held to ransom in his pursuit of fresh faces and has refused to be drawn on the futures of Victor Moses and Raul Meireles.
Last Updated: 17/08/12 5:14pm
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo will not be held to ransom in his pursuit of fresh faces and has refused to be drawn on the futures of Victor Moses and Raul Meireles.
The Blues have been busy in the transfer market this summer, with UEFA Champions League success rekindling Roman Abramovich's passion for the club.
He has been prepared to sanction deals worth some £60million, but Chelsea have been left frustrated in their pursuit of a number of top targets.
No agreements have been reached for the likes of Porto striker Hulk and Marseille full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, with Di Matteo admitting that asking prices are too high.
In an era of Financial Fair Play, the Blues boss concedes that the club cannot afford to be bled dry.
He said: "I think that goes for many teams, not just for us. We're not going to pay over the top.
"What we think is the real value for a player, we have paid.
"There won't be anybody coming in for Sunday."
One player who could be on his way in before the window closes is Wigan forward Moses, but Di Matteo is reluctant to discuss any possible deal for a player his side will be trying to contain on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
"We've played against him before - we know very well what ability he has," he said.
"He's a young, talented guy... that plays for Wigan."
Di Matteo is also keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to Meireles, with the latest reports suggesting the Portuguese midfielder is a target for Tottenham.
He said: "He's with us. He's going to be with us at the weekend."