A sensational report has claimed Roman Abramovich could sell three of his fallen Chelsea stars in order to fund a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Spanish newspaper AS claims the Russian oligarch is ready to ring in the changes at Stamford Bridge and wants Ronaldo to kick start a revolution on the pitch.
Chelsea have suffered their worst start to a Premier League campaign, losing seven of their opening 12 games and falling to 16th place. Abramovich has stuck by Jose Mourinho, and it appears the owner is ready to lay the blame on the players instead.
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He is ready to part ways with three prominent first-team stars and is aiming to raise as much as €200million to plough back into the transfer market. Top of his wishlist is Ronaldo, who has been tipped to leave Real Madrid at the end of the current campaign.
Paris Saint-Germain are the current favourites to sign the 30-year-old if he does indeed depart the Spanish capital, but it seems Abramovich is ready to pull out all the stops to make sure he chooses London over Paris. The report claims Abramovich is ready to pay in excess of €100million if necessary.
The flopping trio
The first and most valuable of the three stars that Abramovich wants to sell is Eden Hazard. The Belgian won the PFA Player of the Year award last season but has struggled to motivate himself for the current campaign. It is believed that relations between him and Mourinho are at breaking point and the feeling is that he will try to agitate his way out at the end of the season. Chelsea could raise as much as £80m by selling him.
Brazilian playmaker Oscar is next for the chop. He has struggled for form since January and was tipped to swap Chelsea for Juventus in the summer transfer window. Mourinho granted him a stay of execution, but he has hardly won plaudits for his efforts this season.
Nemanja Matic is the final name mentioned. The Serbian was labelled as one of Chelsea's key players in last season's title-winning campaign, but, like Hazard and Oscar, has seen his best form evaporate.