CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly set to personally fund Stamford Bridge’s redevelopment.
The project will cost around £500million, and approval for their planning application is expected to be granted tonight.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council will be presented with proposal to expand Chelsea’s home into a 60,000-seater stadium.
The council have recommended to give the Blues the go ahead, with the planning and development control committee meeting at 7pm today.
And according to The Telegraph, Russian owner Abramovich will pump his own money into the massive expansion.
The 50-year-old has been at the club since 2003 and Chelsea have since become a powerhouse in English football, winning the Premier League four times and the Champions League once.
In 2016, Abramovich’s net worth was reportedly said to be worth around £5.7billion, and he has invested plenty into Chelsea during his 13-and-a-half years in west London.
A regular attender to matches, the billionaire businessman wants to ensure the stadium upgrade doesn’t effect his club on the pitch.
Arsene Wenger has often put Arsenal’s move to the Emirates down to their tight transfer budget over the post decade, hindering their success.
Under Antonio Conte now, Chelsea have a potential long-term set-up to keep the club at the highest level, with a Premier League title on the cards this season.
Come 2018, the Blues will have to leave Stamford Bridge for at least three seasons while construction takes place, with Wembley being lined up as a temporary home after Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham move back out.
Twickenham has also apparently been considered as an alternative should the prospect of using Wembley fall through.
One of Chelsea’s biggest problems though with their redevelopment is how the underground and overground railway lines are so close to the ground, leaving little extra land space.
The plan is ultimately to excavate down to create more room for the expansion.
Chelsea superstar leads Premier League attacking statistic
Chelsea have been formidable in the Premier League this season, losing just once since the end of September, and the Blues look on-course to lift their second Premier League trophy in three seasons.
Having endured an embarrassing defence of their Premier League title under the guidance of Jose Mourinho last season, Antonio Conte has got the West London giants back on track this season.
Eden Hazard is one of the stars that has returned to form this season, helping Chelsea’s rise massively, and his incredible contribution in attack has caused opposition defenders a heap of problems and they can’t seem to get near him.
Completing 87 take-ons in the Premier League this season, Hazard leads the Premier League in that particular statistic and the stat is far from meaningless, as he’s made his impact count in attack with goals and assists.
In 19 Premier League appearances, Hazard has found the back of the net nine times and has secured another assist- a fine run that includes contributing to two goals in his last three games.
Chelsea ready to put in massive bid for Premier star
Chelsea are set to shock West Ham by moving in for Michail Antonio.
According to a report in The Mirror Antonio Conte sees the 26-year-old as the ideal candidate to play at right wing-back in his 3-5-2 system.
Antonio joined West Ham in a £7m transfer from Nottingham Forest during the 2015 summer transfer window and was rewarded with a new improved deal last year that ties him to the club until 2020.
The former Forest and Sheffield Wednesday man was outstanding in West Ham’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the EFL Cup in October.
Conte has kept tabs on Antonio since then and received glowing reports about the eight goal midfielder.
West Ham would be looking for £30m to part with Antonio but may consider a swap deal if Chelsea are willing to throw in a loan deal to the package with everything at the London Stadium geared towards staying up this season.