Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and his board are at odds over the manager's transfer targets.
The Times says Conte is trying to add experience, while club chiefs want players with resale value.
But Conte feels his current squad lacks players with proven quality – especially with Nemanja Matic at Manchester United and Diego Costa going AWOL.
The board's policy can be seen in the arrivals of Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger, who are both 24, and 22-year-old Tiemoue Bakayoko.
But deals for the duo have not progressed despite Blues chiefs entering into talks with Saints and Juve.
And the board prefer to plan for the medium to long-term future, having successfully turned the club into a profitable player in the market.