Andre Villas-Boas says Chelsea will try to buy at least a midfielder and a winger before the transfer window closes.
Villas-Boas keen to land a midfielder and a winger
Andre Villas-Boas says Chelsea will try to buy at least a central midfielder and a winger before the transfer window closes - but not necessarily Luka Modric.
The Blues have already seen two bids rejected for Tottenham playmaker Modric and Villas-Boas has repeatedly refused to confirm whether they have made, or are planning, a third.
But Chelsea's new boss remains in the market for that type of player - and another midfielder - after admitting he is lacking numbers in the middle of the park.
"I think we might add in those positions - we might," he said on strengthening his midfield. "The sense of urgency in midfield is there.
"We play 4-3-3, we have a squad of 25. For you to prepare for a game, you need at least six midfielders. We only have four.
"But we have the versatility of (Florent) Malouda, for example, and Yossi (Benayoun), who we have been using in the 10 and the eight position to a very, very good extent and a very good level."
Every time Villas-Boas has spoken publicly since his appointment seven-and-a-half weeks ago, he has been faced with questions about Modric.
He gave short shrift to the latest of them, saying: "I just explained to you the sense of urgency in midfield. But it doesn't mean that it's Luka.
"Not that I'm interested, but you have (Samir) Nasri terminating contract.
"He's one of the most exciting players in the Premier League and that's the reality, as well as Luka, as well as other players."
As well as bringing players in, Villas-Boas must decide which of his star-studded squad to keep.
Striker Didier Drogba has already been offered a new contract to replace the one which expires next summer.
"Didier knows about our offers and he has made a counter-offer, and we are evaluating some things," concluded Villas-Boas, who was coy over whether Drogba was looking for more than a one-year extension.