Hammersmith and Fulham Council are expected to rubber stamp ​Chelsea's plans to redevelop their Stamford Bridge stadium this evening, according to the Independent.

Club owner Roman Abramovich submitted plans for the £500m project to increase the ground capacity from 41,000 to 60,000 to the council last year, and should receive official approval today.

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This means the club will only need the agreement of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Chelsea Pitch Owners before putting shovel to dirt.

The ambitious renovation project would require Chelsea to move stadium for the next three seasons, while the Stamford Bridge pitch is lowered and the stadium is redesigned.

Previously, Chelsea explored the possibility of building a new stadium (with locations in Earls Court and Battersea both suggested) but are now fully committed to improving their current ground, in order to be able to compete with matchday revenues achieved by the likes of Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.

While fans have been generally supportive of the decision to improve their current home, rather than follow the example of London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham in building a new stadium, there are remaining questions over where the Blues will play their homes games, while the construction work is completed.