by John Cross
Roman Abramovich is ready to take his summer spending to the £100m mark with a £20million swoop for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Chelsea have already spent big in recent weeks by signing Lille’s Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard for £32m and Germany midfielder Marko Marin from Werder Bremen for £8m.
They are closing in on Porto’s Brazil international forward Hulk in a £38m deal, too.
But the new European champions also want a midfield enforcer and Fellaini tops their list of candidates.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka admitted at the weekend that they would struggle to keep Fellaini, and it is understood the Toffees will sell for around £20m.
But having to sell the Belgian could be devastating for Everton, who are also in danger oflosing left-back Leighton Baines to Manchester United for £15m and have seen Tim Cahilllinked with a move to the Middle East.
Chelsea also want a new right-back, with Ajax’s Gregory van der Wiel heading the wanted list.