Kenyon set to splash the cash

Chief executive refuses to accept role as runners-up

Peter Kenyon has declared Chelsea are set for a summer shopping spree in order to land the 'star' names required to bridge the gap to Manchester United.

Chelsea narrowly missed out to United by two points in the Premier League title race and the Blues also suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak against the same opponents in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League final.

The failure to land a trophy this season has heaped pressure on manager Avram Grant and chief executive Kenyon has admitted his disappointment at finishing behind United.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is now expected to make available a 100million transfer kitty and Kenyon has revealed the club are only looking to bring in big names, with the likes of Milan playmaker Kaka and Real Madrid ace Robinho thought to be prime targets.

"We will be bringing in a couple of players," Kenyon said in the Daily Express.

Star names

"But we are looking at a very thin market from a quality point of view, and it's realistic to say we're only looking at a small number of players.

"We're looking at players who have the potential to be star names. When you look at what we've already got, are they better than that?

"Manchester United set the benchmark for transfer fees last year. I didn't expect them to go out and spend that much.

"But what this season has proved is that we have a squad of real depth. It's more about tweaking than a rebuild.

"Three months ago, we were involved in four competitions, six weeks ago we were still in two and we got knocked out of the last one.

"It's disappointing from that point of view, but we're going to regroup from that and come back better next season.

"It's been an interesting season, but you don't like finishing second and as runners-up. Given the standards we've set at the club, that's not something we've settled for."

Kenyon is also confident Chelsea will be able to keep hold of their top players this summer, despite speculation that Didier Drogba is heading for Milan and that Internazionale have set their sights on Frank Lampard.

"We're pretty confident that the players we want to keep, we'll keep," Kenyon concluded.