With the impending arrival of Jose Mourinho back at Chelsea, there have inevitably been many links to many different players that the “Special One” is supposed to favor. But, we all know that until someone is actually signed, these links are nothing more than speculation and rumor.
However, there is a general consensus among the press that if the same story is doing the rounds and it’s worthy of being printed in the back pages, then there must be an element of truth to it. Therefore, if the media is to be believed, it would seem that Chelsea are firstly going to be in the market for a central defender.
David Luiz is almost certainly going to be the first casualty of the forthcoming Mourinho era as the Brazilian reportedly doesn’t fit in with Mourinho’s doctrine of solid, positional defending. His reported replacement is the Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, but the price of £30 million has been balked at even by Chelsea as Roman Abramovich seeks to limit the outlay on transfer fees for once.
Mourinho will also be aware that Chelsea hasn’t been the most cohesive unit this year and there are also those aging players who will need to be replaced. Bayer Leverkusen‘s Andre Schurrle is reportedly close to signing for Chelsea and looks to be a replacement for Fernando Torres, who will be sold to free up funds along with ageing midfielder Frank Lampard.
Everton‘s Marouane Fellaini is also a reported target, however he will more than likely want to follow David Moyes to Manchester United as Moyes has made Fellaini a priority signing. Malaga winger Isco is also on Mourinho’s radar, but again, he will more than likely follow Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City should everything proceed as planned there.
Colombian forward Radamel Falcao and Brazilian striker Hulk are being reported as potential marquee signings, but the pair are being strongly linked to AS Monaco as the rebuilding continues there, so Chelsea may be thwarted.
Mourinho will have to act fast when he arrives at Stamford Bridge if they are to mount a joint assault on the Premier League and the Champions League. The work will begin next week when Mourinho is reportedly unveiled as Chelsea’s new manager, and the fiery Portuguese will want to tie up his main targets as soon as possible.
Unfortunately for him, his main targets may already have agreed deals elsewhere, and Mourinho will soon come to realize that the allure of Chelsea isn’t as strong as that of Real Madrid.