Roman Abramovich appears to be keen to flash his wallet after convincing John Terry to remain with Chelsea. Franck Ribery is the primary target, and the Blues’ owner is reportedly going to fly to Germany and meet Uli Hoeness, the general manager of Bayern Munich.
According to The Sun, Abramovich is willing to break the British transfer record by tabling a bid of €46.5 million in order to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge.
"Uli was taken by surprise by the phone call but was very honest and courteous with Mr. Abramovich," a senior Bayern source is quoted in the tabloid as saying.
"We are still resolved to keep Ribery but Hoeness agreed to meet with Abramovich in Germany to discuss any offer."
The Blues have a lot of competition to sign Ribery. The Frenchman is reportedly on the radars of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter and Barcelona.
Die Roten have declared in the past that the diminutive player is not for sale. But rumours continue to abound that the 26-year-old may have signed a pre-contract deal with los Blancos. The tabloid believes that this will anger FC Hollywood enough to sell their player to the Pensioners instead.
Adithya Ananth, Goal.com