posted on Jul, 8 2003 @ 02:42 PM
Roman Abramovich's takeover at Chelsea appears to have set the good times rolling again at Stamford Bridge.
Never in its history has the club been so cash-rich. In fact, the sport as a whole has not seen anything like it, if reports about the money being
pumped in by the Russian oil billionaire are to be believed.
A day does not go by without Chelsea being linked to one of the world's leading players. On Sunday it was Everton's Wayne Rooney for £30million. In
the days previous to that it was Paris St Germain striker Ronaldinho, AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta and Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids.
There was also patently ridiculous talk of bringing Arsenal duo Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry across London.
Who will it be tomorrow? Raul, Zinedine Zidane, Pele, Roy of the Rovers?
All this speculation has been stirred up by a reported £150m pot of cash being made available by the Blues' new owner, who bought out Stamford Bridge
stalwart Ken Bates last week.
Teams in the Premiership, and indeed the rest of the world, can only look on in envy at the money which is set to be lavished on the club by its
heaven-sent sugar daddy in order to make it great again.
Players will come, maybe not the major stars currently being touted as possible targets, as they are lured by the small personal fortunes on offer.
And don't believe the old adage that success cannot be bought, that titles and trophies cannot be accrued through shrewd investment and a policy of
outright abandon in the transfer market.
It was achieved as recently as 1995, when Blackburn Rovers - no more than a medium-sized Premiership club at best - claimed the greatest prize in