Roman Abramovich in Italy to help Chelsea finalise €100million transfer raid

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly in Italy to personally get involved in helping the club deliver two big transfers.

The names on the Blues’ radar this summer are Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani, who could cost a combined €100million in a double raid on the Turin giants, if they can get it all done.

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This is according to a report from Corriere dello Sport, translated by the Daily Mail, which also suggests CFC could struggle to land Rugani in particular.

Still, Abramovich will hope he can have a positive influence on talks as the club look to get these two crucial deals through to ensure this summer doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

The Times are among the sources linking Eden Hazard and Willian with moves away, while Thibaut Courtois also has an offer to join Real Madrid.

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Gonzalo Higuain could leave Juventus for a transfer to Chelsea

This means new signings coming in are absolutely essential for new manager Maurizio Sarri, who for all his fine work at Napoli looks to have inherited a very problematic situation at Stamford Bridge.

Higuain and Rugani would go some way to fixing things, with one major weakness of the squad last season being the poor form of Alvaro Morata up front, and David Luiz and Gary Cahill going somewhat downhill in defence.

Daniele Rugani seems an ideal defensive signing for Chelsea


The Mail add that Chelsea may look to sell Morata or one of their other two strikers in Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi before completing the signing of Higuain.

It has previously been claimed both deals were looking close to completion, with Tuttosport claiming as much on Higuain, while the Evening Standard reported they were closing in on Rugani.

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