Abramovich's €63 million Cavani anniversary gift for Chelsea?


How will Roman Abramovich commemorate 10 years at Chelsea on Monday?

10 years ago a thunderbolt struck English football, the arrival of Roman Abramovich.

Even Chelsea's directors admitting having to Google the Russian, but it did not stop them snapping off his hand at his offer to buy the club. It is claimed a deal was done in just 10 minutes, or 15, according to varying reports.

Immediately it was a whir, Chelsea had a £30 million plus bid for Alessandro Nesta turned down, before deciding to hoover up several names from the top talent in European football, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Juan Veron, not to mention Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Damien Duff.

Not all of his signings were successes, but the statement had been made, and within two years and a managerial change in-between, Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions, with a record points total which still today is unbeaten.

There have been peaks and troughs since then, the biggest high being 2012's Champions League Final win, and now the man who brought their first title under his ownership, Jose Mourinho, has been installed as boss.

With the transfer window opening on July 1, it will surely not be lost on Abramovich that many will be hoping he uses the occasion to splash the cash and commemorate the occasion in his own style.

The Oligarch has spent more than £1 billion of his own money on Chelsea, and has shown little sign of slowing down, spending more than £85 million last summer.

His record signing was Fernando Torres, who has had his moments and has his fans but it would be accurate to say he has not met the expectation which came with his £50 million transfer fee.

It is claimed a figure in excess of that, €63 million Euros, or £53 million, would be required to bring in Edinson Cavani - With his club Napoli unwilling to sell for anything under the release clause in his contract.

So far no club have met the fee, but with Manchester City and Real Madrid interested, Chelsea would be advised to move first or risk missing out on their man, who scored a sensational free-kick in the Confederations Cup third-place play-off against Italy.

if Abramovich did sanction the deal, it would be the perfect way for him to celebrate his first decade at Chelsea, and encapsulate the drive and ambition he began with.

Jose Mourinho is undoubtedly as passionate as ever about making Chelsea successful, and he will hope the man who appointed him as boss twice still has the same vigour for winning the top prizes and spending on the best players.

Adding Edinson Cavani, and making the big move to do on July 1 would be an ideal and memorable way to demonstrate it.

Do you expect Chelsea and Abramovich to make any big moves on Monday?

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