Chelsea are desperate to turn things around after last season, and according to their chief scout, they are going to do it the only way Chelsea know how.
Pioet de Visser told the London Evening Standard that the Blues are plotting a huge spending spree this summer as they look to revamp their squad.
Some quarters are even suggesting that Antonio Conte will be given a blank cheque by owner Roman Abramovich, who has just witnessed the club’s worst season since his takeover.
According to the same newspaper, Conte has already set his sights on a number of targets, but none of them will come cheaply.
Up front, he is hoping to bring in Everton’s Romelu Lukaku to address their lack of goals.
Yet, although Lukaku used to play for Chelsea, they were so sure they wouldn’t want him back that they didn’t include a buy-back clause in his contract, so he could cost over £50million.
Unsurprisingly, Conte – who will manage Italy until the end of Euro 2016 – is also planning to raid Serie A.
He is considering bids for Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, Juventus’ Paul Pogba, and Inter Milan’s young captain Mauro Icardi, all of whom Chelsea will break the bank for if necessary.
Abramovich might be wincing at the thought of such an expensive summer, but he needs to do whatever it takes if Chelsea are to get back amongst the big boys this year.