Chelsea fans were treated to an entertaining summer transfer window of last.
That big spend saw Chelsea have a quiet January window as Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as head coach, but that trend won’t continue into the summer.
According to Tutto Mercato, Abramovich is willing to free up just under £260million ahead of the summer to continue strengthening the Chelsea squad.
And with that in mind, we have rounded up five players the Blues could spend that money on.
If Chelsea do indeed have a transfer kitty, there is a strong chance they will attempt to spend a fair bit of it on coveted Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland.
The Norwegian is being chased by a number of clubs around Europe with Real Madrid and Manchester United linked, among others.
Haaland has a release clause of around £68million that comes into force from 2022, but Chelsea are reportedly keen to land him before then to avoid the transfer battle turning into an all-out war for the striker’s signature.
But that means they may have to pay more than £100million to convince Dortmund to sell this summer.
Sticking with Bundesliga stars, Chelsea have also been linked with RB Leipzig defender Konate.
Leipzig have already lost centre-back Dayot Upamecano, who will join Bayern in the summer, and they now face losing his defensive partner Konate.
Chelsea and Manchester United are both said to be interested with Thomas Tuchel said to be in the market for another strong centre-back to compliment veteran Thiago Silva in his back three.
Konate would cost around £35million, but that could be money well spent.
Another option at centre-back, Niklas Sule could become available with Upamecano likely to reduce his opportunities further, despite David Alaba’s impending departure.
Sule has only started 11 Bundesliga games so far this season and Chelsea could take advantage of his desire to play regular football by pursuing a deal this summer.
The 25-year-old is also out of contract in 2022, so the Blues might just be able to pull off a cut-price deal.
But equally, they could find their hopes are ended before the summer with Bayern reportedly keen to tie him down to a new deal.
Sule is valued at around £33million.
This is a situation Chelsea should be monitoring, if they are not already.
The Blues have been linked with a move for the talented AC Milan goalkeeper, though it is unclear whether Tuchel will want a new keeper having stuck with Mendy while giving Kepa Arrizabalaga a fresh start.
Donnarumma is on course to leave Milan on a free when his contract comes to an end this summer, but the Italian giants are pushing for a new deal.
The caveat is that Donnarumma and his agent are pushing for a release clause of around £30million, potentially putting him within Chelsea’s reach even if he does pen a new deal.
Alaba is one we know will be a free agent come the summer.
The experienced Austrian has confirmed he will leave Bayern at the end of his contract this summer and there is plenty of competition for his signature as he searches for a ‘new challenge’.
Alaba is an attractive prospect, being a versatile defender and midfielder, and that’s what has the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United interested.
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If Chelsea can convince Alaba to come and join up with another free signing defender in Silva, they would bag a real bargain, signing a two-time Champions League winner for free.
But the 28-year-old is reportedly demanding huge wages, taking advantage of the fact he is a free agent, so he could still take a big chunk out of Chelse’s transfer kitty this summer.