Conte would like to bring Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea aren't prepared to give in to his wage demands of up to £400,000-a-week, which would make him their highest paid player.
He said: "I understand that the other teams (Manchester United and Manchester City) try to kill the other teams and to anticipate the situation. This is the real transfer market - not to wait until the last moment to buy the players.
"If you anticipate the transfer market you become stronger and you make the other team weak.
"And I have great respect for the plan of the others because everyone try to kill you."