Roman Abramovich gives Chelsea green light to mega £150MILLION transfer splurge on Chilwell, Havertz and Rice
CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light to a mega £150MILLION splurge on Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Declan Rice, according to reports.
The Blues owner has given boss Frank Lampard and transfer expert Marina Granovskaia a huge boost in their plan to launch a major summer overhaul.
Abramovich is happy for Chelsea to spend £50m on each of their three targets, with the rest of the money raised by sales, according to the Express.
Chelsea have already spent more than £80m this summer in signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Former RB Leipzig striker cost the Blues £48m, while ex-Ajax star Ziyech was signed for £33.3m, in a deal which could cost up to £36.7m.
But now, Stamford Bridge bosses are turning their attention to bringing in even more new blood.
Leicester and England left-back Chilwell, 23, is thought to be on the brink of completing his £50m move, worth £150,000 a week over five years.
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Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Havertz is another seemingly on the cusp of a move to West London.
The German star, 21, wants to move to Chelsea – but there is a potential stumbling block over the fee.
Similarly to West Ham ace Declan Rice, also 21, Havertz could cost up to £90m.
That would mean the Blues may have to find an extra £80m on top of Abramovich's £150m gift to land both players.
Reports claim Havertz is the top priority out of the two.
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But Chelsea will turn their attention to former academy star Rice – who Lampard has hinted would play as a centre-back, rather than his preferred defensive midfield role – soon after.
And they hope to secure a deal for around £45m for Rice, rather than £90m.
In order to raise the money, the Blues are likely to hold a firesale.
The likes of Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Emerson Palmieri are all expected to be axed this summer.
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