Antonio Conte has told Chelsea that he does not want them paying inflated prices for his remaining transfer targets after echoing the concerns of Arsene Wenger about clubs seeking in excess of £50 million for “medium” talent.

Chelsea still want to sign a centre-back and a striker before the transfer window closes but, having acknowledged a particular “need” at centre-back, Conte was adamant that he would prefer to walk away from deals unless they were fair value.