Stamford Bridge side ready to make big money offer for Emirates Stadium duo.
Chelsea will reportedly plan an audacious raid to capture Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Robin Van Persie next summer.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to flex his financial muscles having seen Premier League leaders Man City run riot in the transfer market in recent seasons and the Russian owner is ready to bankroll Andre Villas-Boas who he is ready to back with a big budget for new additions.
The West London club have struggled thus far this season and though Villas-Boas spent over £65m to bring in the likes of Raul Meireles, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Oriol Romeu the Blues are ready to dig deep to bring in more established talents in the summer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be worried that neither winger Walcott or striker Van Persie have agreed new deals and as both players will have just a year to run on their contracts at the end of the season the fear is that the North London club will have to consider big offers for either player to avoid losing them for free come summer 2013.
Anyone of the belief that such offers are unlikely need only look back at the summer exits of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy for examples of Arsenal’s inability to keep hold of their top performers.
Though Chelsea have a number of striking options, with Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Salomon Kalou as well as new signings Mata and Lukaku, the Stamford Bridge club have struggled to kill off the opposition in a number of matches this season.
Indeed Torres, Drogba and Anelka have all been strongly linked with exits and therefore a move to in form striker Van Persie makes a great deal of sense. The Dutch international has already notched up 17 goals this season and though the Arsenal captain has said he is committed to the club he has still has not put pen to paper on a new contract.
Given that the 28 year old is into his eighth season at Arsenal but has only an FA Cup triumph to show for his efforts a move across London may be plausible.
Theo Walcott took a while to get settled in the Arsenal first team after his move from Southampton and the England man is now in excellent form and beginning to fulfill his obvious potential. Chelsea are apparently keen on the speedy winger and Villas-Boas is a fan of the player’s direct attacking approach and Abramovich is ready to offer up to £55m for the Arsenal duo, an offer that may become more likely to succeed if the Gunners have not at the very least clinched a top four finish.