After dumping some dead wood and making a little room for some improvements, Mourinho would more than likely go out to and try to fill some needs for the Blues by obtaining some seasoned players.
They would play at positions that will likely need to be a little deeper in the future to compete with Manchester United and Manchester City in England’s top flight, as well as the other European clubs in either Champions League or Europa League play.
Although many have pegged Bertrand as the eventual replacement to left-back Ashley Cole and constantly deem him as Cole’s “understudy,” Bertrand’s play has been pretty average this season and getting a guy like one of Mourinho’s current options at the position at Santiago Bernabéu—Fábio Coentrão—would likely serve Chelsea much better down the line.
Like Mourinho, the versatile Coentrão—who is rated at £18 million—hails from Portugal and according to a report in the Daily Express, he is also presently being sought after by Liverpool. But The Special One’s penchant for wing-backs and his past and current relationship with the 25-year-old would likely give the Blues a leg up in potential negotiations.
One extremely talented left-back many Blues fans and other clubs seem to be drooling over is Southampton’s Luke Shaw, but a recent report in The Guardian says the 17-year-old wunderkind will be signing a five-year contract in July and will be staying with the Saints for at least the immediate future.
The position Chelsea probably needs to shore up more than anything is the central/defensive midfield and probably the best talent Mourinho, Abramovich and the board can get into the mix is Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.
He leads the Toffees—now just four points back of the Blues in sixth place and still in the hunt for a top-four finish themselves—in scoring this with 11 goals in the Premier League.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 24-year-old Fellaini would be an incredible pickup for Chelsea and the Belgian is great in the air on headers, is as a fantastic box-to-box guy, would improve the Blues scoring attack and is extremely familiar with fellow Red Devils national teammates Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Atlético Madrid loanee and future Petr Čech replacement, Thibaut Courtois.
And Fellaini, who has expressed a desire to play Champions League football, told The Sun in February he is open to a deal which would see him take his talents to Stamford Bridge.
“If Chelsea want to sign me, then they need to come forward with a bid for me,” said the £30 million-rated [The] Simpsons Sideshow Bob-lookalike. “I have heard about Chelsea’s interest but I’ve honestly not spoken to them.”
Another player who would fit in well at center-back or in the central midfield is QPR’s Stephane Mbia, a 26-year-old Cameroonian who has been linked with both Chelsea and Fulham (via Daily Express). His versatility and grittiness would be a welcome addition and would help provide defensive depth for the future.
Although fairly deep in the advanced midfield with Juan Mata, Hazard, Oscar and Moses, among others, the Blues could use another scorer and the Daily Express reported last week the club is interested in Ajax’s Christian Eriksen, a 21-year-old Dane who has six goals for the league-leading lancers.
A nice option and probably a player who could help Mourinho and fit in with Chelsea immediately is Málaga’s Isco who, according to a January Daily Mail report, could be headed to West London over the summer if the strings can be pulled on a cash-plus-player deal.
That deal could see fellow attacking midfielder Piazón headed to Los Boquerones for the £19 million-rated, 20-year-old Spaniard who has a team-leading eight goals in La Liga.
Isco is also being sought after by a number of other clubs, including Arsenal.
As far as adding an immediate scoring threat at either the forward or striker position, the Blues have been linked in the press with a number of big-name talents, including Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Bayer Leverkusen’s André Schürrle—who Chelsea is rumored to be set to make a fourth bid to land—Santos’ Neymar and even Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who would allegedly be sought after by Mourinho should he return to manage the Blues.
But after last year’s Hulk hype and all of the other rumors through the years, most erudite fans know that a healthy majority of these reports end up being more gossip and wishful thinking than truth.
Two strikers who seem like perfect fits for Chelsea and whose rumors seem closer to actually possibly happening this summer than the above four are Vitesse standout Wilfried Bony and Atlético Madrid star Radamel Falcao.
According to a report in The Sun last week, Bony’s agent Francis Kacou was at Stamford Bridge a week ago to propose a transfer for the £12 million-rated Ivorian, who has an extremely impressive league-leading 27 goals in 28 games for the surprising third-place Vitas in Eredivisie play.
The story says Bony, a 24-year-old—who possesses a style similar to Drogba’s—is thrilled about the idea of playing for the Blues and that the club is in a “pole position” to sign him to a four-year contract worth £80,000 a week.
Vitesse, who the report says is resigned to losing the striker and who is also in the hunt for a Champions League spot, has had seven young players from Chelsea play for them over the past two seasons on loan, so a solid relationship between the two has definitely been forged.
And the biggest name everyone has been talking about trying to sign over the coming summer transfer market is Falcao who leads Los Rojiblancos with 22 goals and is the third-leading scorer in La Liga behind the world’s two best players, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (43) and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo (28).
The Daily Mirror reported in February of a possible Falcao deal for Torres, which would return El Niño to his former club Atlético, while The Daily Star reported last week that the Blues crept ahead of Real Madrid and Manchester City in the bid to land the £40 million-rated Colombian, who picked apart Chelsea with a hat trick in the UEFA Super Cup last August.
The 26-year-old has a £46 million release clause in his contract but one huge factor in the Blues' favor is should Mourinho indeed sign with Chelsea, he and Falcao share the same agent, Jorge Mendes so it might be in the club’s interest to do everything possible to keep Mr. Mendes extremely happy at this particular point in time.
Last summer, Chelsea brought in Marin, Hazard, Oscar, Moses and César Azpilicueta in an £80 million spending spree which saw Uncle Roman part with a fair chunk of his Russian oil money on his favorite hobby.