Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to spend the cash after seeing his Chelsea side outclassed by title rivals Manchester City.

The reigning champions started their Premier League retention campaign poorly with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City and then thrashed 3-0 by the runners-up from last season Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho’s shock decision to take off captain John Terry at half-time has been widely interpreted as a sign of his unhappiness about the strength of his squad and, in particular, his defense.

Now, Abramovich, the London club’s Russian billionaire owner, is set to hand Mourinho the money needed to bolster that squad before the transfer window closes in two weeks’ time to fix the woes of the squad.

Mourinho is targeting at least three signings, one central defender, one central midfielder and one attacker to target the silverware once again.

Chelsea have stepped up their attempts to land Everton defender John Stones – after having bids of £20million and £26million rejected they have now offered £30 million though the Toffees value the 21-year-old England international at £34m.

Chelsea have had an unusually silent transfer window compared to their English rivals like Manchester United and Liverpool.

They have only signed three players in this window as they replaced Petr Cech, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba with Asmir Begovic, Baba Rahman and Radamel Falcao.

Club chief accept Mourinho’s concern that there are a number of positions in the team lacking the kind of impressive competition for the starting role enjoyed by Manuel Pellegrini’s lineup at City.

If you look at the backup options for other big clubs, you can clearly see the difference in quality with Chelsea. City’s bench last week consisted of players like Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s bench was Kurt Zouma, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jamal Blackman and little-used Juan Cuadrado in amongst Jon Obi Mikel, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy.

Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are a terrific midfield duo, but Chelsea do not have a proper back up of them if they are injured of their form get dipped.

Moreover, Terry is 34 now and Cahill is 29. A young talented defender like Stones would seal them a long future if not the present.

Now after the backing of the owner, we have to see whom Mourinho targets to reinforce his squad.

    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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