Roman Abramovich is ready to sanction a £260million spending spree at Chelsea this summer regardless of whether they finish in the top four or not, according to reports in Italy.
The Blues racked up a record transfer bill in the previous summer and autumn window, backing then-manager Frank Lampard with close to £225million worth of new signings.
Unfortunately for Lampard, the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech failed to take his side to the next level, and when they embarked on a nightmare run of five defeats in eight matches throughout December and January he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Roman Abramovich is ready to sanction a £260million spending spree at Chelsea this summer regardless of whether they finish in the top four or not
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Tuchel is yet to lose as Chelsea head coach, taking 14 points out of 18 so far in the Premier League, but he faces a battle to secure Champions League football for next season.
As things stand the west London club are only two points adrift of the top four, but Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa and Tottenham are also hot on their heels and will provide competition for qualification.
Abramovich produced a record spend of £225million last summer on the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, who have proved a disappointment so far
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Even if they fail to make it into the Champions League again next season, though, Italian outlet Tutto Mercato claim Abramovich is prepared to offer Tuchel an eye-watering £260million transfer budget in the summer – and his top target is Erling Haaland.
The Blues owner is desperate to get his hands on Europe’s top prizes again, meaning he will whip out his chequebook in spectacular style despite their record spend last summer.
And this summer he is prepared to whip his chequebook out again, with Borussia Dortmund ace…