Chelsea owner gives green light to superb £56m double transfer swoop as Blues respond to poor start to EPL title defence

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has sanctioned moves for Everton defender John Stones and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, according to the Daily Star.

Jose Mourinho has seen his side start his defence of the Premier League title in disappointing fashion, with Chelsea picking up just one point from their opening two fixtures of the season.

The Blues picked up a draw at home to Swansea City on the opening weekend of the campaign and then slipped to a 3-0 defeat away at title challengers Man City. The Portuguese coach has previously spoken of the danger his side faces due to a relative lack of transfer activity this summer (via the Daily Mirror).

The Daily Star claims that Abramovich is now ready to remedy the situation with Chelsea readying a £35m bid for England international Stones and a £21m offer for Vicente Calderon attacker Griezmann.

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Chelsea have already failed with two bids for Stones (via the Sky Sports), but given that Mourinho has seen his side concede five goals in two games it’s perhaps no surprise that the West London side would continue to chase the 21-year-old Toffees star.

A £21 move for Griezmann doesn’t seem nearly enough given the hugely successful debut campaign the French international enjoyed at Atletico Madrid last term.

Diego Simeone paid £24 million for the 24-year-old (via the Daily Mail) last summer, and the former Real Sociedad man bagged 25 goals in 2014/15 and therefore his valuation is unlikely to have reduced.

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