With the reported return of the Special One and a rumored £100 million transfer budget, this summer had already promised to be a memorable one for Chelsea. Now, as the potential targets trickle into news reports, we have the names to go with the speculation.
Jose Mourinho, who has been linked heavily with a return to Chelsea this summer, per The Sun, is interested in bringing several players with him to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mirror. One—Atletico Madrid's on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois—is already a Chelsea player. The rest are not.
Atop the list is Atletico striker Radamel Falcao, who has also been linked with a £50.7 million move to Monaco, according to Metro. Also on the list are Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk, Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle, Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Malaga midfielder Isco.
The Sun, meanwhile, reports that Mourinho wants to bring midfielder Luka Modric with him from Real to Chelsea.
Together, these reports make for an impressive shopping list, and that should give Chelsea supporters reason to be cautiously optimistic.
Modric, 27, has Premier League experience, having played for Tottenham from 2008-12. This season, he was a key to Real Madrid's victory over Manchester United in the Champions League, per Michael Cox at The Guardian, and B/R's Sam Tighe has rated Chelsea as Modric's best Premier League fit based on "financial and suitability terms."
Schurrle, 22, has been linked with Chelsea for some time and is reportedly close to completing his transfer, according to BBC Sport. His arrival would give the Blues more options in the attack. Mangala, also 22, would help shore up the defense as 32-year-old captain John Terry ages.
Another consideration involves Mourinho himself. The Portuguese led Chelsea to back-to-back titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06, his first two seasons in England. Back then, he benefited from heavy investment on the part of owner Roman Abramovich, and this summer could bring a similar scenario.
With so much money reportedly available and such a talented manager reportedly on his way back, Chelsea fans have much to be excited about this summer. And before long, at least some of the reports should start turning into reality.