It's one of the biggest questions this summer ahead of the next Premier League campaign—what changes will new manager Jose Mourinho make to Chelsea? How will he tweak an already talented roster?
The new regulations mean he is unlikely to exceed the £70m he spent in his first season at Stamford Bridge as Uefa's rules mean clubs are not allowed to run on huge losses.
As a result the Blues boss claimed he will look at loan signings as he tries to challenge for trophies after his return to Chelsea for a second stint.
Mourinho has already secured the signing of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen but has been linked with moves for Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk, Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Wesley Sneijder, who he worked with at Inter and Real Madrid.
The question is, would any of those three players really be the right fit for Chelsea?
Let's find out.
I really don't get this fit. While I love Hulk as a player—and I know Chelsea have long been linked to him—I really don't love him as a center forward, and I don't think he's worth the money only to take Eden Hazard, Juan Mata or Oscar off the wing.
Chelsea have so many bodies out wide—let's not forget about Victor Moses or Andre Schurrle, who is on the way—adding Hulk would make little sense. And out wide is where Hulk belongs—his combination of strength and pace makes him a handful in space, and his powerful shot makes him a threat from outside the box.
Plus, he's a solid crosser off his weaker foot, meaning he's an equal threat to push toward the touch line or dip inside and let rip with his cannon of a left foot.
It all sounds appealing, of course, but not for a team that needs a strong central striker rather than another winger. Chelsea should take a pass on Hulk.
While Hulk would be a surplus to Chelsea's deepest position, Edinson Cavani is just what the doctor ordered.
Just imagine Cavani anchoring the forward line, with Mata in the hole behind him facilitating the play, Hazard giving left-backs constant headaches and Oscar continuing to improve and showing his flashes of brilliance on the right.
Cavani was excellent for Napoli this season, scoring 29 goals in Serie A play. That's 19 more goals than Chelsea got from its strikers, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, in Premier League play this season.
Without question, Chelsea's biggest need is an elite striker, and there isn't a better striker expected to move this summer than Cavani (with all due respect to his countryman, Luis Suarez). Cavani would be a dream come true for the Blues.
Like Hulk, Wesley Sneijder is a talented player but one that probably isn't needed at Chelsea. While he could certainly spell Mata or Oscar at times in the central attacking midfielder role—and his addition would ensure Lampard played in deeper positions when he was on the pitch—the club likely has greater needs.
I know he had a successful tenure for Jose Mourinho during their days together at Inter Milan, but I don't see a natural fit for him at Chelsea. He may still be a free kick specialist and a dangerous player in bursts, but I'll take Mata in the central attacking midfield role over him any day of the week.
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