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Chelsea eye Wembley move amid talk of Stamford Bridge redevelopment

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Chelsea could be set for a temporary future stint as tenants of Wembley while Stamford Bridge is being redeveloped, reports suggest.

According to the latest speculation from the London Evening Standard, the Blues are investigating the possibility of using England's national home for a solitary season in the event that they do decide to boost the capacity of their current ground in order to keep pace with their London rivals and presumably significantly increase matchday revenue.

One potential hitch in that particular plan, the same source suggests, is that Chelsea may have to apply for a public consultation with a strict limit currently imposed by the local council on the number of annual events permitted to be held at Wembley.

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Twickenham talks

Wembley is the second stadium to be considered by Chelsea this week, with the Premier League title favourites having made contact with the Rugby Football Union over the possibility of sharing Twickenham with the England rugby team.

While the RFU have yet to give a clear indication of whether or not they intend to seriously entertain such a request, this is not the first time that a London club has expressed an interest in using the 82,000 all-seater and any potential move appears fraught with several difficulties that could well prove insurmountable in the long run.

Stamford Bridge work

Chelsea's home for over a century, Stamford Bridge is generally praised for its views - particularly in the away quarters - but with a relatively low capacity of just 41,798, it stands to reason that Roman Abramovich and co would be eager to expand and ensure that they can cater for what is obviously a rather large fanbase and boost their profits in the process.

Originally, the club had wanted to move out of Fulham altogether and set in motion plans to construct a new stadium on the site of Battersea Power Station.

Although an offer for the land was put forward back in 2012, a disappointed Chelsea eventually lost out in a hugely competitive bidding process to Malaysian company SP Setia and Sime Darby.

Impressive start

Jose Mourinho will certainly hope that this extensive search for interim accommodation does not impact too heavily upon what has been an excellent start to the 2014/15 season in West London.

With the Portuguese - who won two top-flight titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his opening stint in English football - evidently keen to banish memories of a trophyless first campaign back in charge of Chelsea, his team can already boast a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League after five wins and one draw from their opening six matches.

The decision to invest heavily in Spanish internationals Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa during the most recent transfer window already appears to be paying dividends, with the former clearly relishing his role alongside Eden Hazard as creator-in-chief and the latter continuing his sensational goalscoring form with eight strikes to his name already.

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