Then comes the England midfield ace's £6.1m wages for the next year. And all to keep a wantaway star who is desperate to quit the club he once loved.
A Chelsea insider explained: "Roman won't budge on this one. Why should he? It's a matter of principle.
"But whether he does or he doesn't he will not be going anywhere this season. Yes, Inter Milan want him and have made a bid. But can someone explain why we have to sell arguably our best player when we don't have to?
"If Frank wants to leave after that then that's his decision and he will go with our blessing and our thanks for eight marvellous years. And that's it - end of story."