Chelsea are reportedly contemplating huge offers for some of Europe’s top attackers – including Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in a €100million deal.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the £83.6million bid would include Ronaldo’s Real team-mate Gonzalo Higuain in a move to overhaul an ageing squad at Stamford Bridge.
Understandably, the Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich has a back up plan and the report suggests he has pencilled in Napoli pair Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi for a combined £58.5million bid should the audacious Real raid fail.
It also suggests that the Chelsea attacking trio of Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda will be exiting Stamford Bridge this summer, as well as, more surprisingly, young England forward Daniel Sturridge.
The report claims that these over will depend on who Abramovich can install as manager come the end of the season and whether the team manages to qualify for the Champions League – something that is looking less likely after Saturday’s goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Russian billionaire’s first choice to take the reigns at the Blues is Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, but the chances of getting him are reportedly slim and Jose Mourinho is yet to convince the Chelsea owner that he would be suitable for a return to Stamford Bridge.