Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Chelsea will have a transfer budget of £200 million this summer


Frank Lampard is set to be presented with a huge budget to promote his spending spree.

Chelsea will have a war chest of £200 million apart from their two recent summer signings. With the transfer window in full swing, Frank Lampard is trying to enjoy the rejuvenation post their transfer ban. Abramovich naturally is ready to go all guns blazing.

English outlet The Mirror has reported that the Russian tycoon will support Lampard’s ambitions, showering him with all the monetary assistance he can. The amount suggested is enough to get the Blues a new outlook altogether.

The pandemic has debilitated the football economy so bad that Arsenal nullified 55 positions in their club. Their legend Ian Wright has scrutinized the move, so have a dozen pundits. But the Gunners remain a business nevertheless and when the market crash, they adjust accordingly.  

Chelsea getting a ‘war-chest’ ready

Frank Lampard, too, has looked a bit confused about transfer priorities in the present scenario. While Chelsea has secured the signatures of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, their defense remains clueless.

The silver lining has come from their owner Roman Abramovich and their director Marina Granovskaia. Marina has made sure that the funds obtained by selling Hazard and Morata are used judiciously, while Roman has drawn out a helping hand too.

The Russian-Israeli businessman sold 40% stake in Highland Gold Mining Ltd. At about $1.4 billion (Source: Bloomberg). That injection of cash can very well be a signal that people at Stamford Bridge are upto something with utmost reticence.

Lampard’s transfer targets

Chelsea may continue to suffer due to lack of proper defense but their immediate priority still remains a striker – Kai Havertz. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was eulogized for his ‘Scholes’ like pass in the Europa League match against Rangers.

The associates at Germany are still resolute on the £90 million tag, but if Marina plays her card as good as she usually does, Chelsea may get him for around £72 million. Havertz is one of the most promising prospects of Europe with 18 goals and 8 assists this season.

But after this deal, Lampard will desperately seek defenders – with Declan Rice and John stones in the shortlist. They even want to get rid of Kepa and want a proper replacement too. All this action looked nebulous after the huge sum involved in the ‘Havertz transfer’

But now the sky looks clear. David Moyes said any club looking for Rice will have to come with a ‘van full of cash’. Little did he hope to see Lampard no the door with Roman alongside. Rice will cost around £70 million too.

But Chelsea may sweeten the deal with 2 players in exchange. Additionally, they are chasing Jan Oblak too. If £200 million is really made available, the remaining £60 million-plus Kepa may be enough to fetch any leading 1st team man between the sticks.     

Chelsea will sell a number of players to make space for new signings. Both left-backs are available if approached with the right offer. Lampard won’t hesitate in selling his centre-backs as well if the right player of his choice is read to move to Stamford Bridge. In midfield Kante and Jorginho’s future is uncertain but they are likely to stay. With Willian and Pedro gone Chelsea and Lampard have to make a balance in summer. They have already signed two players and must look to improve defense to challenge for the title.


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