Chelsea and Manchester United have a huge advantage over Tottenham in the transfer market, claims Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea and Manchester United retain a “huge advantage” over Tottenham due to their spending in the final days of the transfer window, but is happy with the progress they’ve made this summer.

Spurs signed seven players up until July 19 to raise expectations in north London and are unbeaten after five Premier League games.

Other top-six rivals Chelsea and United struggled a bit in pre-season but were active this week.

Wesley Fofana joined Stamford Bridge in a £70m deal, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also signed for Thomas Tuchel’s men and Brazil winger Antony joined United in an initial £82.1m move on transfer deadline day , with Tottenham being unusually quiet.

Ahead of Fulham’s visit on Saturday, Conte said: “Honestly if you sign a player for £100m or £80m on the last day you have a huge advantage because that means you sign a top player, understand She? You can also sign a player for free or on loan and it’s a different situation.

“I want to be very clear. I think we did what we could do and at the right time because the vision was very clear about how much money to spend, whether we got the free players or loaned them out because then we have money for two players issued, Richarlison and then (Yves) Bissouma.

“The others were on loan or free, but definitely having a vision and giving the coach the opportunity to work from the start. I think that means we work very well with a vision, very clear, and not wait until the last day that a player goes on loan or signs a player whose qualities are not good for our team.

“I repeat, we are going the right way to invest money at this moment of the club. Then we have to be realistic to understand that there are different clubs. Clubs that can invest a lot of money, other clubs that can invest normal money.

“Certainly, the path is more difficult from this point of view, but we want to keep improving. We’re working very well, I’m happy to have this group of players, this squad, the new players are fully in the team, in the dressing room.

“We did the right things, but if anyone thinks we’ve closed the situation, we’re a long way from it.”

Conte conceded that “there is still too much distance” between his squad and the other leading teams in the Premier League.

He reiterated the need for more transfer windows to make Spurs title contenders, noting that younger players like Djed Spence, Pape Matar Sarr and Bryan Gil are not yet ready to play regularly.

Djed Spence is not yet considered ready by Antonio Conte (Mike Egerton/PA) to play regularly for Tottenham

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“We’re talking about players who have really good prospects, but I’ve been very clear to the club that if someone goes on loan, another player has to come, otherwise it’s difficult for me to have the training sessions too,” Conte said of Sarr and Gil.

“We’re talking about really good prospects, young players. They have to work like Spence to develop and then be ready to be Tottenham players for the future.

“That needs to be very clear otherwise it would be very important not to create confusion, create confusion to understand what other players want to be competitive or not. Young players, good prospects but at the same time we need players who are ready to play in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.” Chelsea and Manchester United have a huge advantage over Tottenham in the transfer market, claims Antonio Conte

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