The Blues captured their first ever Champions League win in a dramatic shoot-out against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, ensuring qualification for the tournament next season in the process.
In the aftermath of victory in Munich, Chelsea’s chairman Bruce Buck revealed Roman Abramovich’s ambition to secure European club football’s greatest prize at least three more times, and now the Russian is said to be ready to put his money where his mouth is by spending big this summer.
The Mirror report that Tottenham’s Luka Modric, Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, Lille’s Eden Hazard, and Porto’s Hulk could be approached with the view of moving to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens.
Chelsea have been long-term admirers of Modric, and had a £40 million bid turned down by Spurs for the Croatian international last summer.
However they may well be encouraged in their pursuit of the playmaker after Spurs missed out on Champions League qualification for the second season running following Chelsea’s triumph in the final.
They face a keen battle to land Hazard, with both Manchester City and Manchester United in the hunt for the Belgian international, while Radamel Falcao is valued at around £50 million after his exploits in the Europa League final against Athletic Bilbao.
Chelsea have long been linked with a move for Hulk, but are highly unlikely to go anywhere near the reported £80 million release clause the Brazilian has written into his contract.
While the Blues have been linked with a host of leading players, The Mirror also suggest that numerous Chelsea veterans could leave the club as the revamp of their squad that began under former boss Andre Villas-Boas continues.
It is also reported that Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, and Jose Bosingwa are amongst those heading for the exit at Stamford Bridge.
Before the west London club settle on their transfer targets however, they are likely to focus on securing a permanent manager, with interim boss Roberto di Matteo still unsure of his future despite delivering two trophies this season.
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