Chelsea could be forced to relocate for as long as three years; with the Premier League champions considering a £500m redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.
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The Telegraph report that Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants to increase the capacity of their west London stadium to 60,000 – which is currently just 41,798 – and discussions over the club’s possible redevelopment project will take place at the end of the month.
A Stamford Bridge exhibition will run from June 30 – July 2 – where Chelsea officials will present their proposal to expand their stadium to local residents and supporters, the British tabloid state.
One of the ideas for the project is that the Blues could dig underground to increase the stadium’s capacity.
Should the plan be agreed to and decided upon, the Blues could be forced to leave their current home for as long as three years. Twickenham Stadium, in south west London, has previously been rumoured to be a potential temporary ground for the club. Wembley Stadium is also being considered as another option.
It has been estimated that such an expansion could cost Roman Abramovich as much as £500m.
With Chelsea’s growing popularity on the European stage, the club are aware that they could boost their income significantly with an increased capacity arena.