Jose Mourinho frustrated at lack of signings at Chelsea
Jose Mourinho is reportedly growing frustrated at Chelsea's lack of activity in the transfer market.
The Sun says that the Portuguese is pleading with the club's board to back him with funds to make more big-name signings before the end of the transfer window.
Radamel Falcao is the only senior player to have moved to Stamford Bridge since the end of last season - the Colombian international has joined on a one-year loan from Monaco after failing to impress at Manchester United last year.
Chelsea expect to complete the signings of the Brazilian youngsters Kenedy and Nathan in the coming weeks, but neither are considered ready for first-team football and will almost certainly be loaned out when they do arrive.
Stoke's Asmir Begovic is also set to complete an £8million move from Stoke City, but he is simply replacing Petr Cech as the back-up goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois.
Combined with the departures of Marco van Ginkel to Stoke and Josh McEachran to Brentford, and it means Chelsea's squad has a relatively thin look ahead of the new season, a situatuion which has left Mourinho concerned, according to The Sun.
Mourinho had spoken of wanting to sign a striker, midfielder and a defender this summer as he seeks to mount both a defence of the Premier League title Chelsea won so impressively last season, and a more concerted tilt at the Champions League.
Chelsea have been linked with moves for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, the Chile international Charles Aranguiz and the Roma defender Abdul Baba Rahman, but no deals have been forthcoming.
And with Manchester United having already signed two big-name players in Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian - and apparently closing in on a third in Bastian Schweinsteiger - Mourinho's worries are reportedly only growing.
One possible target is Stuttgart's Antonio Rudiger, but according to Bild Chelsea have been told they will need to pay £13million to secure his servces.
Rudiger fits the template of strong, uncompromising centre-half that appeals to Mourinho as he seeks a long-term successor to John Terry at the back.
But Mourinho will need to act fast if he wants to sign him. According to the German tabloid, Atletico Madrid are also keen on signing him and could be in a position to move faster.
Wolfsburg are also believed to be interested in the 22-year-old - who has six caps for Germany - but the player himself would prefer a move abroad.