Former Arsenal star Paul Merton has hailed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for his approach to the summer transfer window as Frank Lampard sets about returning the club to their former heights.
The Blues have acted decisively in the market by capturing Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
A host of other targets, including Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell, have also been identified.
Chelsea have rarely gone on major spending sprees in recent times, albeit they had to endure a one-window transfer ban, but Abramovich smells an opportunity this summer.
Werner, the second top goalscorer in the Bundesliga, will arrive at Stamford Bridge for £47million.
And Merson thinks that bit of business sends a major statement to the rest of the Premier League.
“It’s hard to keep on playing up front on your own every week at Abraham’s age,” he said.
“It takes its toll – he’s done absolutely brilliant – there’s no doubt about that.
“But he’s still learning, and this lad Werner’s come in and he’s a bargain. This lad would’ve cost a lot more in the market of say, four or five months ago.
“For me, this is a massive statement by Abramovich. I think Abramovich has looked at it and thought, ‘You know what, if we can start buying players now, we can be a threat.