Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a whopping £130 million transfer budget to anyone who take over at Stamford Bridge next season. The Russian Billionaire want at least four players to be recruited in the summer.
The Blues failed in their Title defence only placed in the 12th place of English Premier League table with very fewer chances of managing a Champions League spot. Chelsea entered te season as clear favorites to defend their crown, but everything fell apart for the Londoners which saw manager Jose Mourinho sacked in the middle of the season. Guus Hiddink is appointed to complete the season and Chelsea started to search for a long-term Jose Mourinho replacement.
Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Manuel Pellegrini are shortlisted for the job, but former Juventus boss and the current Italian National Team manager Antonio Conte is said to be the leading contender. Also, it is reported that the Italian has already told the players he wants if he becomes the Chelsea manager and club owner Roman Abramovich is ready to spend as much as £130 million in the summer to re-position his team in the Premier League Table.
John Stones, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Radja Nainggolan and Antoine Griezmann are the primary targets identified as per The Sun. Chelsea’s superstar winger Eden Hazard is reportedly unsettled and may leave the club in the summer who has big interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Belgian is valued at around £80 million which will increase the manager’s transfer budget to £200 million. Chelsea have a very slim chance to make a Top 4 finish this season which makes the star Belgian ‘unhappy’. A player like Hazard will not like to miss the Europe’s Elite competition. But, the Belgian’s poor form is one of the major reasons for Chelsea’s failure this season.
Chelsea’s search for a permanent manager is still going on, but one thing we can be sure of is the Blues will spend some huge money to get themselves back to where they belong.