Owner Roman Abramovich has issued a strong statement that Chelsea's Champions League win is far from the extent of his ambitions at Stamford Bridge.
In beating off competition from Manchester United and Manchester City to secure Eden Hazard, Abramovich has signaled that he still desperately craves to make Chelsea the predominant force in England and in Europe. The much vaunted Belgian finally confirmed that West London would be his next destination on Monday, arriving for £32 million on a five-year-deal worth £100,000-a-week, according to the Guardian.
It is perhaps particularly significant that Chelsea beat out Manchester City, who have usurped Chelsea as the richest club around in the past four seasons and this year claimed the Premier League title.
The latest splash in the transfer market comes despite Abramovich's public wish for the club to become self-sufficient, not to mention the impending financial fair play regulations.
And by all accounts Chelsea's spending is far from done this summer. Next on the list is thought to be Porto forward Hulk. The Guardian reports that Chelsea could negotiate down the Portuguese club's €100 million asking price and snap up the Brazilian for around £30 million.
While Hulk is capable of lining up as a main striker, he has predominantly operated as an inside forward, meaning that Chelsea is still likely to be looking to bring in a replacement for Didier Drogba.
Fernando Torres has been given assurances that he remains a key part of the club's plans, yet it would be risky in the extreme for Chelsea to go into next season relying on the Spaniard to suddenly regain the form that once saw him as one of the most feared strikers in the world. The club also has Romelu Lukaku on their books, signed last summer with a view to him becoming the long-term replacement for Drogba. But the 19-year-old started just one Premier League game last season and does not yet appear ready to step into the breach.
Atletico Madrid's Falcao has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, but the club may be loathed to spend the likely £50 million it would take to pry him away from the Vicente Calderon. A surprise name that has emerged as potential target in the past few days is that of the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Daily Mail reports that the Swedish striker is a well-regarded at Stamford Bridge, though it would be a shock if any club stumped up the money that would be required to take him away from Milan.
It would perhaps be equally stunning were Chelsea to sign Theo Walcott, as is also being rumored as a possibility in the Mail. The report claims that the electric Englishman's future remains uncertain with just over a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates. And Chelsea are said to be following the situation with a keen interest.
Chelsea has also long been chasing a man similar in style to Walcott in Brazilian Lucas Moura. The strength of that interest was confirmed last week when Sao Paulo's president claimed that the Blues had a £32.4 million offer rejected for the 19-year-old. But Chelsea's chances of landing the pacey international may be helped by Real Madrid's interest in Lucas cooling, according to TalkSport.