Stan Collymore says that Chelsea have put themselves in pole position for a standout summer transfer window after clinching Champions League glory.
The Blues defeated Manchester City for a third time in six weeks on Saturday to lift the European Cup. Kai Havertz silenced his critics by scoring the all-important goal in the 1-0 win in Porto. Indeed, last summer’s big acquisition has endured a tough season but ended it in style with his strike.
The German formed part of a £200million-plus spree sanctioned by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
However, the Russian has got his rewards and will receive more lucrative funds after this trophy win.
In fact, Collymore insisted that the likes of Manchester United-linked Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland could now be lured to Stamford Bridge.
“The beauty of the result for Chelsea is that, as well as the glory of the night, they are now in pole position when it comes to summer recruitment,” the pundit wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane… all of a sudden, you can tell them Chelsea are back and dangle the carrot of trophies.
“There was a time Chelsea could almost guarantee silverware to new recruits and you just know they will be on the phone now offering that up and, in Grealish and Haaland’s case, the chance to live in London as well.”
Kane is set to become a key player in this summer’s window amid doubt over his Spurs future.
The England captain has reportedly told Tottenham that he wants to leave but stay in the Premier League.
Haaland could be more difficult to capture as he has said that he will be loyal to his Dortmund contract.
Chelsea looking at Lukaku transfer
Nevertheless, a new striker is supposedly firmly on Abramovich’s radar this summer.
Inter striker Romelu Lukaku has emerged as a target amid manager Antonio Conte’s departure.
According to reports, Belgium international Lukaku could become the Blues’ club-record signing.