Stamford Bridge side plot move to bring Dutchman back to West London
Chelsea have reportedly been alerted by the news that Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is ready to quit the Bundesliga club following a row with team-mate Franck Ribery. The 28 year old Dutch international had been stalling on a new deal for some time and was subsequently linked with a myriad of interested parties and with just over a year to run on his current deal, the Bundesliga side may be forced to consider offers for the wide-man.
Robben was a big success during his previous stint at Stamford Bridge, notching up 19 goals in 105 appearances for the Blues and picking up two Premier League titles in the process before he left for an unsuccessful spell at Real Madrid. A move to Bayern Munich helped resurrect a career that was stagnating at the Bernabeu but now a move away from the Bavarian club could be on the cards.
Chelsea are looking to bring fresh attacking options to the club and given that Florent Malouda is likely to be offloaded this summer having played only a bit part player role this term coupled with the fact that Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba will be both be out of contact at the end of the season, has left Roman Abramovich looking to bring in a ‘marquee’ signing or two.
Abramovich is keen to flex his financial muscle and whether Roberto Di Matteo is confirmed as a permanent successor to Andre Villa-Boas may not be relevant to the club’s transfer intentions. The Italian already confirmed this to be the case when he revealed that he was not involved in the decision making process that led to the signing of Marko Marin last week.
Given that Daniel Sturridge has stated his preference to play in a central striking role a move for Arjen Robben could prove all the more relevant and Chelsea are more than capable of meeting any asking price for the Bayern Munich man and are reportedly willing to offer a pay packet in excess of what his side currently afford him.
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