Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti may yet make an impression in the transfer market before the end of August. Russian Yuri Zhirkov is their highest profile signing of the summer, and only Daniel Sturridge and Ross Turnbull have joined Zhirkov as new recruits at Stamford Bridge.

However, the Italian chief has still not written off a big-money transfer, with a huge offer for 21-year-old Argentine striker Sergio Aguero rumoured to be in the pipeline.

"The market finishes on August 31 and if there is some possibility to improve the squad we can do it," Ancelotti told The Sun.