Stamford Bridge boss draws up major transfer plans.
Roman Abramovich is reportedly set to back Andre Villas-Boas in the transfer market despite a fairly shaky start to his Blues managerial career. The young Portuguese boss hopes to bring in new additions to help add further strength in depth to his squad ahead of a possible clear-out in the summer.
The Stamford Bridge manager is keen to put his own stamp on his Chelsea side and will look to offload a number of players either in January or next summer to help make way for new signings. Villas-Boas is keen to reverse the ageing nature of the squad he inherited from Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.
The forthcoming introduction of Financial Fair Play Rules will leave Abramovich demanding that a large chunk of funding for new acquisitions be offset by player sales.
Villas-Boas already has an eye to the future and as well as signing the likes of Oriol Romeu, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku the former FC Porto boss is also keen to blood youngsters who were already at the club when he arrived. Hence the continued faith shown in attacker Daniel Sturridge, who has gone from strength to strength this season.
So first the seven players said to be on their way out.
Veteran attacker is now a bit part player at Stamford Bridge and said to be a target of a number of Ligue 1 sides, including big spenders PSG.