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Chelsea are readying a big money move for Everton pair Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini as Roman Abramovich looks to continue spending on further improving his Stamford Bridge squad.
The Russian billionaire is keen to fund moves in the transfer market, no doubt buoyed by the news that his West London side posted annual profits this week for the 2011/12 season, the first time this has occurred in Abramovich’s reign.
Roberto Di Matteo and technical director Michael Emanelo has set their sights on the Toffees pair and hope that a significant offer, said to be in the region of £40m, would leave Everton chairman Bill Kenwright with no option other than to accept. The cash strapped Merseyside club could well do with the funds even though they did sell youngster Jack Rodwell to Man City over the summer.
Chelsea have earmarked a move for strong Belgian international Marouane Fellaini as they look to further strengthen the club’s link between midfield and attack. The 24 year old has been a tremendous success since his move to Everton from Standard Liege but now into his fifth season at the club he has made it clear to David Moyes that he is looking to make a somewhat inevitable move to a ‘bigger’ club.
With Ashley Cole said to be unlikely to agree a one year extension to his Chelsea contract there is every chance the 31 year old will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer and Di Matteo has set his sights on England international Leighton Baines as an ideal replacement for the former Arsenal man.
Though Ryan Bertrand has impressed when called upon the Chelsea boss feels that the 27 year old former Wigan Athletic wide-man is a better fit for the Blues first team and the West London side may feel they can tempt the Everton man into moving to the club with the prospect of his first taste of Champions League football being a big motivating factor.
Baines and Fellaini will be tempted by a move to Chelsea despite the fact that Everton have started the season brightly, losing just one of the club’s ten Premier League matches, and an offer of such a magnitude will surely be one the Toffees would not be able to turn down.
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