Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to release up to £75 million in funds for Jose Mourinho to embark on a blockbuster summer recruitment drive as a result of his side crashing out of the Champions League in midweek.
The Russian billionaire was desperately disappointed after the Blues' surprise elimination from Europe's elite club competition at the last 16 stage, and has prompted him into a swift rethink of the club's transfer strategy in the forthcoming window.
According to The Sun, Mourinho has made more than £40 million of profit from selling players over the past three transfer windows, and the Portuguese coach is now set to be rewarded with a significant sum of money to reinvest in his playing squad at Stamford Bridge.
With a top striker, midfield playmaker and a dominant central defender on the former Real Madrid boss' list of priorities, Chelsea could splash even more cash generated from any sales of the club's existing talent at the end of the season.
The £40 million-a-year shirt sponsorship deal that the Blues have just signed with Yokohama will also help ensure they stay within Financial Fair Play regulations, and that's before taking into consideration the new Premier League TV deal.
"Roman was desperately disappointed with the result and the performance against PSG," a source close to the Russian owner told The Sun. "But he knows that the current Chelsea squad is lacking the depth of talent of rivals like Manchester City, PSG and certainly Real Madrid, Barca and Bayern Munich.
“So, at the end of the season, the focus will be to bring in some marquee signings just like last season when he splashed out nearly £90m for Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Loic Remy.”
Mourinho did well to keep Chelsea fighting for trophies on four different fronts in 2014/15 with a core of just 17 key players, but after winning the Capital One Cup earlier this month he finally came unstuck against ten-man PSG, bowing out of Europe's elite club competition on the away goals rule.
The Blues also suffered a shock exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Bradford City, so their sole focus is now on winning their first Premier League title for five years.
With a five-point lead - and one game advantage - over reigning champions Manchester City, the domestic crown is definitely Chelsea's to lose. Mourinho will be determined not to let any complacency creep in, and will demand an immediate response from his players when they take on high-flying Southampton on Sunday.
Chelsea fans: Who would you like to see Jose Mourinho sign with his £75 million transfer kitty this summer? Which area of the squad needs most immediate attention? Share your thoughts below...
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