Chelsea chief Peter Kenyon hasn't totally shut the door on major signings being made in January.
"We need to invest continually but not at the levels we used to," Kenyon said. "We are not stopping transfers or anything drastic of that nature but we want to develop our own talent.
"I'm not sure there are major players available in January, that's the reality.
"What is the point in bringing players in - and Felipe (Scolari) is completely on board with this - if the only ones available are not good enough to improve what we've got?
"January is the wrong time to bring players in for the long term. Anything we do will be against the backdrop of a need to, rather than a desire to, like we reacted by bringing in Mineiro after Michael Essien's injury.
"The economic world has changed. It would be remiss of us not to look at the implications of that. You have to recognise that the environment is different to two months ago."