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Jose Mourinho’s Extensive Shopping List for the January Transfer Window

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It’s no secret that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to improve his team in the January transfer window.

The Portuguese tactician is reportedly not happy with the effort shown by some of his players in the first half of the season and just like he did when he was in charge in his first tenure with The Blues, he might be aggressive shopping in the January transfer window.

While there haven’t been any rumors regarding possible exits, there are huge speculations about which players could arrive to Stamford Bridge and since it has been reported that the former Real Madrid wants a defender, a midfielder and a striker, lots of names have been thrown into the mix so far.

For the defender position, the main candidate is Inter’s center back Andrea Ranocchia. The 25-year-old could be made expendable by Inter’s new owner Erick Thohir. The Italy international has been a household name for the nerazzurri in recent years, but if the price is right, he could make a Premier League switch next month.

Mourinho has two specific targets for the midfielder role: Freddy Guarín – who has been made expendable by Inter as well – and Benfica’s Nemanja Matic. The Colombia international could be close to arrival and while the Serbian is also in a very good place, his inflated price tag of around €40M could scare a few teams from making the move.

Finally, for the striker role, Mourinho is definitively decided to purchase a big-name star and while Wayne Rooney might not be available, the former Real Madrid manager is also tracking Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez. Out of these two Colombian forwards, Jackson’s arrival appears to be much more likely, but Falcao would definitively be the household name.

No negotiation has been started yet and while it’s unlikely that all these players end up arriving to Chelsea next month, Mourinho is definitively sending out a strong message. He returned to Chelsea to be the best and he won’t stop until getting on top of the world with The Blues.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google