Abramovic backing Conte in £120m Chelsea transfer splurge - report
By Abigail Withey
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has decided to prepare a staggering £120million splurge on three Premier League players, according to a recent report.
The Mirror has revealed that the owner is prepared to back boss Antonio Conte in bidding for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City in the coming weeks.
The newspaper claims on their website that the Premier League champions will start their mega-money spending spree with an improved £35million bid for Arsenal attacker Oxlade-Chamberlain in the hope of strengthening their midfield.
It is understood that Conte is also keen to bring proven centre-back van Dijk to the club after his side’s defence looked wobbly during their 3-2 loss to Burnley on Saturday.
The report details that the funds will also be used to to continue their pursuit of Drinkwater, who helped Leicester City win the Premier League title back in 2016.
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The Foxes already turned down the club’s £15million bid for the midfielder, but Chelsea are confident on landing the star before their clash against Tottenham on Saturday.
Conte is hopeful on pairing Drinkwater with his former Leicester team mate N’Golo Kante, after the duo won the title together in the 2015/16 campaign.
The club have been kicked into action after their defeat to Burnley highlighted a number of issues within the squad.
Football Insider verdict
Conte will be feeling relieved to finally be making some more progress within the transfer window after airing his frustrations very openly over recent weeks. Oxlade-Chamberlain is a fantastic choice for the Blues as Arsenal are in a difficult position as £35 million would help recoup a majority of the fees which they paid for Alexandre Lacazette, or if they reject another bid they’ll face losing him for free next summer. Van Dijk would help strengthen the club’s backline after their unimpressive performance against Burnley, while Drinkwater’s partnership with Kante could help Conte’s side hold on to their title, which currently looks a long way off if they continue to play like they did during the opening weekend.