Stamford Bridge owner considering move for Allianz Arena wide-man.
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Chelsea are readying a significant bid for Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben as Blues owner looks to flex his financial muscle this summer. The Russian billionaire is keen to bring in new additions to his Stamford Bridge squad that he feels will help bridge the 25 point gap that opened up between his sixth placed side and the Premier League top two.
Following talks with Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emanelo and following advice from interim boss Roberto Di Matteo, Abramovich will look to take advantage of the precarious position Robben finds himself at the Allianz Arena. The 28 year old had reportedly fallen out with team-mate Franck Ribery earlier this year and has now come under a barrage of abuse from his own supporters.
The Dutch international was subject to boos from Bayern Munich fans during a friendly between Holland and the Bavarian side earlier in the week and his position could become untenable even though he only recently signed a new contract.
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.
It appears that Abramovich is more than willing to make moves in the transfer market prior to the appointment of a permanent successor to Andre Villa-Boas. Roberto Di Matteo 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 in recent weeks.
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.