Stamford Bridge squad set for major re-shuffle.
According to the Express Chelsea are ready to splash the cash as Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich looks to flex his financial muscles and attempt to push his West London club onwards and upwards towards both Man City and Man United at the top of the Premier League.
Despite Andre Villas-Boas’s fairly average performance as Blues boss the young Portuguese manager will be handed funds to mount significant raids to land four top class players either next month or more likely in the summer.
To help make way for new additions Villas-Boas will apparently listen to offers for seven of his first team squad. Among those said to be on their way are John Obi Mikel, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Alex and Florent Malouda. There is also growing speculation that midfielder and fan favourite Frank Lampard may seek to leave after being told that he wasn’t guaranteed first team football.
Chelsea boss Villas-Boas is looking to reverse the ageing nature of the club’s squad and has brought in youngsters like Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu and has trusted more to youthful members of the squad he inherited, the most prominent example of which has seen youngster Daniel Sturridge go from strength to strength.
Chelsea owner Abramovich will reportedly hand Villas-Boas £150m to invest in the following four players.