Chelsea: 5 Signings Jose Mourinho May Make in the Transfer Window
As Jose Mourinho endures the formality of his final few matches in Spain, much speculation has been made concerning his second coming at Stamford Bridge.
According to outgoing interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez, the next Blues boss will be handed a £100 million "war chest," with which he can bring in three or four new faces (via The Sun). "The future is bright for them," he added. It looks like the future will also be "Special" for them.
Provided Mou does make the switch, here are five players who might be heading to southwest London this summer...
One of Mourinho's first signings at Real Madrid was defensive midfielder Sami Khedira, whom he bought from VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee.
According to The Mirror, Mou would also like to bring the 26-year-old German to England. He has two years reminding on his contract, and his services would apparently cost around £20 million.
Khedira would be an ideal solution to the perceived weakness in front of the Chelsea back four, and could take a similar role to that once filled by German compatriot Michael Ballack.
Chelsea have been linked with Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao in the past two transfer windows, but the Colombian looks set to join Monaco in the very near future, according to The Guardian.
With Falcao seemingly off the table, Chelsea are now being linked to another forward they have tried to bring to the Bridge in the past: Hulk.
The Brazilian only joined Zenit St Petersburg last summer, but has since fallen out with manager Luciano Spalletti and has been subjected to racial abuse from some of the club's less progressive fans.
The Express believe Chelsea are willing to offer Hulk a way out of Russia, but they will need to fight off the advances of Tottenham. With Roman Abramovich's contacts in Russia, however, one would imagine Chelsea would have a greater chance of bringing the 26-year-old to the Premier League.
With Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien on their books, Chelsea have an embarrassment of riches in their midfield.
Yet with nearly 70 games played this season and a need for cover, the forthcoming Mourinho regime has been linked to a number of players who do their best work in the middle of the park, such as Marouane Fellaini.
Fellaini would be a quality addition to the central midfield, but ultimately the Blues may lose the race for his signature to the current Premiership champions. The Guardian say David Moyes wishes to be reunited with the 25-year-old—and his £24 million release clause will not be an obstacle.
When Mourinho clears his desk at the Ciudad Real Madrid, he may be tempted to take more than just some stationary with him to London.
In addition to Sami Khedira, the press also believe Mou wants to bring Luka Modric to Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese manager paid around £30 million to bring the Croatian to Spain last summer, and The Sun think the same fee will be enough to bring him back to London.
The Sun also point out that Chelsea also tried to prise the midfielder away from Tottenham on two separate occasions. The Mirror, however, note that Chelsea will face stiff competition from Manchester Utd, whose former manager Alex Ferguson showed interest in the 27-year-old while he was at White Hart Lane.
France U-21 centre-back Eliaquim Mangala has seen his stock rise considerably this season by breaking into a Porto defence that conceded just 14 goals in their championship-winning campaign.
The Mirror are among the sources claiming the 22-year-old has caught Mourinho's attention, as an additional defensive option and a potential cover for the left-back position. Transfermarkt.co.uk rate his value at around €8.5 million.