Chelsea will reportedly try to shift over half a dozen players so they can make room for Erling Haaland’s potential arrival this summer.
According to the Sunday World, Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia are plotting an elaborate transfer plan in their efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund’s main attraction.
Any attempt for Haaland will be expensive, with the Telegraph stating £150m could be the minimum Dortmund demand for their no.9.
Not to mention his extravagant wage requirements that would shatter Chelsea’s financial structure.
However, Abramovich has set his sights on the Norwegian and seemingly won’t stop until a deal is done.
A large part of his scheme is trying to ship on at least seven members of Thomas Tuchel’s squad, as reported by the Sunday World.
Stage one has been complete, following the permanent transfer of Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan.
Olivier Giroud could well follow Tomori to Italy, despite the Blues activating a 12-month extension in his contract.
Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have only just returned from their respective loans, but might be straight back out the Stamford Bridge door.
Kepa Arrizabalaga and Callum Hudson-Odoi are to put up for sale, with the latter apparently being monitored by Dortmund.
Tammy Abraham has interest from all over the Premier League and will certainly want to leave if a new centre-forward arrives.
The Sunday World doesn’t even mention the likes of Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta, Marcos Alonso and Hakim Ziyech, who have all been linked with a move away.
Tally up all the possible exports and Chelsea could easily be looking at a profit close to the value of Haaland.
There are still many obstacles in the way between Abramovich and his dream purchase, but the wheels feel like they are now slowly in motion.