Stamford Bridge side ready to splash the cash.
ROMAN ABRAMOVICH will give Guus Hiddink a £150million war chest and tell him: Make Chelsea champions of Europe.
The Stamford Bridge owner is ready to fork out £12m simply to prise Hiddink from his post as manager of Turkey as soon as possible.
But that will be just the start of a spending spree with the sole aim of Chelsea finally winning the Champions League.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to hand new boss Guus Hiddink a £150m war chest to buy the players he wants to finally deliver the Champions League trophy. On his hit-list are Carlos Tevez, Neymar, Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen and Kevin de Bruyne. (News of the World)
It seems that this summer Roman Abramovich means business. Firstly he must of course fill the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge but many sources believe this is a mere formality and it will only be a matter of time before Guus Hiddink is in situ, possibly alongsider a junior partner.
Then the fun will begin. Having seen Man City spend vast sums over the past two seasons and then seen Liverpool and Man United begin their summer spending on the signings of highly rated English youngsters Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones, the Blues will look to spend substantial sums on freshening up a squad that has a fair few ‘oldies’ within it.
Carlo Ancelotti was rather cruelly sacked after finishing second in the Premier League and whomever does take his place in the hot seat will have to hit the ground running as it seems unlikely Mr. Abramovich will allow another season without significant silverware to go unpunished.
Of the targets named by this source there is already signs that repeated moves are being made for Santos teenager Neymar and Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku and moves for Wesley Sneijder have been discussed before though the Dutchman has stated his intention to stay at the San Siro.
When you consider that of the 11 players who started 20 or more Premier League games last term, six are aged 30 and over (Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Ashley Cole, John Terry and Nicolas Anelka) you can see that the West London club is in need of some rebuilding. Hence the additions of Fernando Torres and David Luiz in January.
On the plus side Chelsea do have some quality youngsters coming through their academy with the likes of Josh McEachran, Jack Cork and Ryan Bertrand coming along nicely. The return of on loan striker Daniel Sturridge, after a great spell at Bolton, should also give the new manager further attacking options.