5 Strikers Who Would Thrive Under Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho’s latest managerial success has been to lead Real Madrid to domestic glory, as the capital-city side broke rival Barcelona’s dominance over Spanish football in 2011-12. Los Blancos were worthy winners of La Liga last term, but can expect a wounded Catalan side to come back stronger in 2012-13.
Despite the side being loaded with superstars, the former Porto, Chelsea and Inter tactician will not want to rest on his laurels and could well make moves to strengthen his attack this summer. Here are five strikers who would thrive under the tutelage of "The Special One."
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The Manchester City forward has certainly impressed in his first season at the Etihad Stadium, settling into life in England with minimum fuss. Madrid knows Aguero well from his time in the Spanish capital with Atletico, and have been linked with the diminutive Argentine forward on numerous occasions in the past.
With Diego Maradona urging the South American superstar to move to the Santiago Bernabeu and Madrid keen on his arrival, Mourinho would surely get the best out of this prodigious talent.
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One of the hottest prospects in world football, Neymar has burst onto the world scene with stunning skill and a lethal eye for goals for both Santos and Brazil. The wonderkid has been selected in the Selecao squad for the Olympics, and will surely be the spearhead of the South American nation’s attack in the 2014 World Cup.
Madrid and Barcelona (and others) look set to fight for the teenager’s signature when he does finally decide to make the move to Europe, and Mourinho’s powers of persuasion could see Neymar in the white of Madrid.
Robin van Persie
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The Arsenal captain has made his intention to leave north London clear, and will not be extending his contract with the Gunners past next summer. As such, Arsene Wenger has an important decision to make in whether to sell the star this summer or let him leave for free in a year’s time.
With the nightmare scenario being that Van Persie joins one of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, the Emirates Stadium outfit may be tempted to sell him abroad in the near future, with Madrid giving Van Persie the opportunity to win the titles that he craves.
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The Brazil international has become an exciting and much sought-after forward following four years at Porto, and has certainly improved over recent seasons. The South American attacker has the versatility to play wide or through the middle, and has been a key man in bringing success to the Estadio do Dragao.
However, after seeing his stock rise in recent years, Hulk has been linked with a move away from the Portuguese champions and would surely be keen to play in one of Europe’s big leagues. A former member of Porto himself, Mourinho left before Hulk arrived, but the astute trainer may well see the player’s ability and revisit his former club.
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Regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in world football, Edinson Cavani has been one of the key reasons for Napoli’s rise to contention for the Serie A top three places over the last two years. Quick, strong and with an eye for goal, Cavani has been a menace to defences over Italy and Europe since moving to Naples from Palermo.
After seeing fellow forward Ezequiel Lavezzi leave San Paolo this summer, Cavani could well be next with some of Europe’s biggest clubs circling. Mourinho’s direction and guidance could surely make the Uruguayan into a superstar at the Santiago Bernabeu.