Abramovich attempts to reassert his dominance on Premier League spending!
Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Andrea Pirlo this week and will then intensify their efforts to lure Franck Ribery and Sergio Aguero to Stamford Bridge.
The trio would cost Roman Abramovich the best part of £100million in transfer fees alone but the Chelsea owner is determined to prove he has not lost the appetite to compete in the transfer market, despite a slow start to his summer trading.
When John Terry agreed to commit his future to the club last week, he cited a pledge from Abramovich to bolster the squad with star names as a key reason.
On his way: AC Milan and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is destined to follow Andriy Shevchenko’s footsteps from the San Siro and join Chelsea this week
Since then, Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of 30-year-old Pirlo and are bracing themselves to fight Manchester United for both Aguero and Ribery in a pre-season transfer duel which could prove crucial to this season’s Barclays Premier League title race. (Daily Mail)
Roman Abramovich must have been seething this summer watching as another billionaire went money crazy whilst he sat back and counted the cost of the recession, well now the Russian is out to make a comeback!
On a serious note though, Chelsea‘s spending this summer has been clever, astute and within reason so quite why Roman wants to break the bank now is a little hard to fathom. Carlo Ancelotti wants Andrea Pirlo for sure, but that appeared to be the final realistic big name signing on his wish-list but now it appears the club are making big moves for two other money spinning transfers.
Franck Ribery will be a tough nut to crack with the Frenchman’s Bundesliga club not keen to do business for anything less than £50m, a figure that both the west London outfit and Man United are reticent to pay Bayern Munich. Sergio Aguero is a talented striker but a little to raw to be investing the huge sums Atletico Madrid want for him so I predict that Diego Maradona’s son-in-law will be moving nowhere this summer and I feel Ribery will find himself priced out of a move also.