The manager we used to know as the “Special One” dubbed himself the “Happy One” at his press conference announcing his new position with Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has rejoined Chelsea to, hopefully, bring them back to glory.
With Andre Schurrle already on the payroll for next season, it will be interesting to see who else will join him at Stamford Bridge. Here are five players that could potentially play for Mourinho next season at Chelsea.
Edinson Cavani, Napoli
The Uruguayan striker has been rumored to leave Napoli for some time now, but not by his own doing. He has not yet asked to be transferred, but it is a foregone conclusion that he will be playing for a better club next year.
Cavani played incredibly in Serie A this season—netting 29 goals in just 34 appearances. His strong play could translate well to any club he goes to.
Wesley Sneijder, Galatasary
Galatasary president Unal Aysal has told potential teams that Sneijder is available, and his perfect destination could be Stamford Bridge. Mourinho already has a past with the new manager, as he helped bring Mourinho’s Inter Milan squad the Treble in the 2009-10 season.
Sneijder’s confirmation over his excellent relationship with his former boss makes this move seem much more plausible. Holland coach Louis van Gaal has also encouraged his midfielder to make the move, as he would have a better chance on the national team if he were in England.
With all sides seemingly interested, it only seems a matter of time for this move to actually happen.
Sami Khedira, Real Madrid
When Mourinho leaves a club, he always tries to bring players with him as he prepares for his new club. Sami Khedira has already professed his love for his former coach, and with that brings the willingness to transfer.
In his three years in Spain, Khedira has only played for one coach, and that is Mourinho. Real Madrid has made it clear that they will block any attempts the former coach makes to take in Khedira, per the Daily Standard, but this won’t stop Chelsea.
As one of the biggest clubs in Europe, they will be willing to spend any money possible to bring in the players they need. For the right cost, Real Madrid will most likely give up Khedira to Chelsea.
Fábio Coentrão, Real Madrid
Another Real Madrid starter that could be on his way out, regardless of the Mourinho situation at Chelsea, is Fábio Coentrão. The Portuguese defenseman expressed his frustration with his time at Real Madrid, feeling unwanted at times.
With Ashley Cole on the books until after next season, Coentrão would be the next in line to take over the left full-back position. Cole has been playing in the Premier League for 15 years now, and his time playing at this high level are getting behind him.
Coentrão would be a great spell for Ashley Cole as they try to preserve him for the entire season.
Wayne Rooney was most definitely unhappy with his role at the end of the season and expressed his interest in leaving the club. But, with Andre Schurrle already signed and the young Romelu Lukaku looking more ready to play for the Blues as each day passes, where does that leave Rooney?
Rooney’s experience and talent will find him in the starting lineup, regardless of his woes last season. Schurrle and Lukaku are still young and in the prime age to learn the game. Playing under Rooney would help their development more than anything.
Manchester United has already denied interest in selling Rooney inside the Premier League, but if they can bring in a suitable replacement, Stamford Bridge could be his new home.
Among players that would be coming to Stamford Bridge this season could be a few players currently on loan. With the addition of at least some of these rumored players, Mourinho will continue to be the “Happy One” next season.