Stamford Bridge side chase White Hart Lane duo.
Chelsea will this summer plan an ambitious raid to land two of Tottenham’s top performers as Blues owner Roman Abramovich looks to flex his financial muscles to aid the West London club’s push for major honours next term. Carlo Ancelotti is keen on winger Gareth Bale and midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart and will hope to take advantage of the fact that the White Hart Lane side will almost certainly not secure Champions League football for next term.
Ancelotti sees Dutch international Van der Vaart as a player who can add more creativity to a midfield that has it’s fair share of tough tacklers like Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Ramires and hopes that the former Real Madrid man would be tempted by a move across London.
Chelsea are also looking for a long term replacement for Frank Lampard and whilst the Tottenham midfielder is no youngster he is still four years younger the Blues hero, who turns 33 this June. Harry Redknapp insists he will not have to sell any of his first team stars but chairman Daniel Levy will be looking to balance the books and it is inevitable that the North London side will have to cut their expansive squad.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer three times the £8m Tottenham paid for Van der Vaart last summer and that may be too tempting to turn down.
Welsh winger Gareth Bale is another Chelsea target and Ancelotti is looking to strengthen the left side of his attack and may well look to sell Florent Malouda in the summer and are keen to bring in the young Tottenham wide man.
Bale was named the PFA Player of the Year after an explosive season during which time he greatly impressed on the Champions League stage. Roman Abramovich may feel that the signing of the 21 year Cardiff born starlet would help in his pursuit of European success.
Manchester United are said to also be keen on both players but may not have the finances to outdo the Abramovich in a bidding war, with the Russian billionaire willing to spend up to £70m on the pair.