Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to sanction two “marquee” signings this summer, starting with a cut-price move for Ben Chilwell, according to a report.
The Blues have been among the quietest of Premier League clubs in the past two transfer windows, partly due to their transfer ban imposed for last summer’s market.
However, Chelsea failed to get any immediate deals over the line in January, with Hakim Ziyech’s impending arrival the only deal done to add to the squad.
According to The Athletic, Abramovich is “as enthusiastic as ever” about the opportunities that lie ahead, despite the uncertainty over Chelsea’s budget amid the financial impact of football’s postponement,.
The Russian is planning on Leicester left-back Chilwell – who is Blues boss Frank Lampard’s top target – being the first piece of serious business this summer.
Reports earlier this year claimed that Leicester wanted £85million for the England international but Chelsea are hopeful about signing him for less.
What’s more, the likes of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz will also be looked at – indeed, Chelsea have been linked with an £80million move for Havertz.
Abramovich is prepared to sanction further business besides two major signings and it will be funded by the sale of several players.
Willian and Pedro will both leave upon the expiration of their contracts – freeing up vital room on the club’s wage bill – while fringe players could also be offloaded.
A likely consideration is midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has spent the season on loan at Monaco and does not look like he has a future under Lampard, as well as Danny Drinkwater.
In addition, one of the Blues’ two left-backs, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, will be sold and with interest in both from the Serie A, it is hoped a deal can be struck.
Chilwell will then be tempted to slot into the defence by the prospect of playing with fellow England internationals such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
In other news, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly rejected the chance to sign Willian at the end of the season.