It has become apparent that the transfer activity at Chelsea looks set to increase substantially in 2012 after news that Roman Abramovich has apparently handed Andre Villas Boas a £150m warchest to spend this in the summer as well as for the remainder of this month.
The revelation likely means that the proposed deal for Willian currently of Shakhtar Donetsk will go through this weekend. The Brazilian has stated this week that he has hopes of playing for Chelsea whom he describes as a club with a habit for winning titles.
Abramovich is close friends with Rinat Akhmetov, owner of the Ukrainian side, and is expected to use that friendship in the hopes of bringing the 24 year-old to Stamford Bridge.
The Russian’s decision to commit extra funds to transfers is supposedly in response to the Blues’ recent form, which has been below expectations.
The West London outfit have taken only ten points from their last seven Premier League encounters including a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at home as well as a lacklustre 0-0 draw at Carrow Road against aspiring top flight survivors, Norwich City.
The English giants have been linked with big money moves for the likes of Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani over recent months and although it’s common knowledge that Abramovich has significant funds, only now has it become apparent how much of that will be spent on squad renovations this year.