Jose Mourinho has taken a squad that hugely under performed under two managers in the previous 2012/13 season into making it one of the top contenders from the premier league trophy come at the end of May. And in doing so, he has taken some bold transfer choices such as selling Juan Mata for a record transfer to rivals Man Utd and bringing in a player that we let go of in part to bring David Luiz, Nemanja Matic from Benifica.
Whether the Blues will go on to win the premier league at the end of this season is another topic but, we can all hope and think it’s Jose Mourinho’s team that will triumph over the other challengers. But, in this article, I will list the top players that in my opinion might be targeted this summer as the Special One plans to build an all conquering team for the next 10 years or so.
Let’s take a look at their profiles and the description of the qualities they offer to strengthen the squad.
Edinson Cavani – Striker
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Potential sum: £52m pounds
Jose Mourinho’s top transfer target in the summer will surely be a top striker as he has tried and failed in his last summer’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney. Cavani was also a target last summer but, was instead snapped up by high spenders Paris Saint-Germain. Within a year, the Uruguayan superstar might be on the move as he is reportedly unhappy with playing a secondary role to Zlatan Ibrahimovic up top the formation. He was being played out of position a lot under Laurent Blanc and a move to Chelsea will give him the starting role as CF that he was accustomed to in his previous club Napoli.
Radamel Falcao – Striker
Club: Athletico Madrid
Potential sum: £50m pounds
The Colombian superstar has in the past week been rumored to being targeted by Jose Mourinho who said,
“I have a team, but no striker. Falcao does not have a team. A player like him can’t play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end [your career with].”
Falcao is currently trying to be back fit for the world cup after his club season came to an end with a torn ACL in a game for AS Monaco. Reports have claimed previously that the player and his agents have put a clause in his contract at the principality club that if one of Chelsea, Real Madrid or Manchester United bid to sign him and trigger his release clause, the club may not stop him from making the move to one of the three European giants.
Diego Costa – Striker
Club: Atletico Madrid
Potential sum: £32m pounds
The Brazilian born Spanish international has been rumored to be targeted by the Blues for a transfer and even a report has claimed a verbal agreement has been reached as Chelsea are looking to trigger the striker’s release clause and make him the starting striker of Jose’s team. Costa has shined this season by carrying the goals burden following Falcao’s departure from the club last summer. Despite his troubling behaviors, Jose Mourinho might be a fan of his determination and his attitude of winning at any cost as displayed specially in games against Real Madrid were he constantly clashed with Ramos and Pepe.
Luke Shaw – Left back
Potential sum: £25m pounds
Shifting the focus from strikers to left backs, we have Luke Shaw of Southampton who is a very talented left back that might inherit Ashley Cole’s place at Chelsea and the three lions squad. The left back is well known to be a huge Chelsea fans as we have known from his twitter and earned his first England national team call up for friendlies next week. Shaw is a rumored target not only for Chelsea, but also for Manchester United and Manchester City who are both in need of an established player for the future in that position as we are. Securing his signature will allow Mourinho to field Azpilicueta in his natural right back position while Shaw can replace Cole as the future LB of Jose Mourinho’s team.
Eliaquim Mangala – Defender
Club: FC Porto
Potential sum: £30m pounds
The defender has been rumored to be wanted by Jose Mourinho last summer as doubts were lingering over Luiz’s transfer saga with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. With Gary Cahill and John Terry being the two main CBs for Mourinho’s team this term, David Luiz might leave if Barcelona or Bayern Munich offer a substantial sum. Jose might then look to replace him with a typical Mourinho center back Eliaquim Mangala who is also a rumored target for Manchester United.
These choices reflect my own opinion. Let me know what you guys think and who in your opinion should be Jose’s number one priority come summer.