Chelsea: 10 Ways Jose Mourinho Can Reinvest the Blues' £300m Kit Deal
In recent years, Chelsea haven't exactly struggled to bankroll the purchase of some of the biggest stars on planet football. However, the implementation of FIFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations has threatened to curb Roman Abramovich's shopping habits.
Thankfully, The Blues have just struck a world-record kit manufacturing deal with Adidas, which The Sun believe to be worth £300 million.
Here's ten ways Chelsea could spend this summer—safe in the knowledge that their new sponsorship deal will help keep them in line with FFP.
City have already stated that they are not interested in paying the Uruguayan striker's prohibitive €63 million buyout clause (via The BBC) but this may be irrelevant. According to the Daily Mirror, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has admitted that this clause actually expires on August 10, giving the likes of Chelsea ample time to sign him up at a lower fee before the window closes.
If rumors of Fernando Torres' move back to Spain prove to be true, Cavani would be a superb replacement.
In this writer's opinion, Juan Mata is one of the reasons Chelsea will win the league next season.
However, if the Spaniard has already fallen out with Jose Mourinho, as The Mirror infer, Wesley Sneijder might be a good option to step into the attacking midfield role.
The Dutchman won the Italian treble with the Special One in 2009-10, and the pair clearly have a very close relationship. However, the Blues would have to wait until "at least January" as Sneijder told a Turkish newspaper (translated via The Sun) that he will stay in Turkey until at least then.
Due to injury and an embarrassment of riches at Bayern Munich, Mario Gomez has been underused by the German treble winners this season.
The German striker has been linked to the likes of Juventus, Altletico Madrid and Manchester City recently, after reports surfaced that he has already sold his home in Bavaria.
The Daily Mail recently claimed Gomez would be the subject of a £25 million bid from Chelsea. But according to The Express, they may face stiff competition from Napoli, who have apparently been discussing a three-year £17 million deal with his advisor Uli Feber.
Since breaking the bank with a €40 million move from Porto to Zenit St Petersburg in 2012, Hulk has not had a good time in Russia. He has walked out after an argument with coach Luciano Spalletti (via The Telegraph), and claims to have "no relationship" with the famously insular Zenit fan base (via Goal.com).
According to Sky Sports, the Brazilian forward has admitted there is some truth to speculation over a £35 million move to Stamford Bridge.
With a home World Cup on the horizon, perhaps Hulk feels it is preferable to show his skills on the Premier League stage, rather than in the icy climbs of Russia.
Jose Mourinho didn't seem to have too many friends when he left Madrid, but Xabi Alonso was said to be an ally until the end.
The Spanish midfielder is still stalling on extending his contract with Los Blancos, leading sources such as The Daily Star to believe he could end up at Stamford Bridge next season.
French centre-back Adil Rami has been a rock in the Valencia defence since January 2011, but is thought to be unhappy in Spain, recently admitting that it is his "desire to find a bigger club" in an article by The Express' James Dickenson.
The Express believe Arsenal have put in a £10 million bid for the 27 year old, and that Manuel Pellegrini is also a big fan of the Corsican defender.
Spanish newspaper Marca believe Chelsea is a solid option for Rami (source in Spanish). If rumours linking David Luiz to PSG prove accurate—and John Terry's contributions are phased out—he would be an invaluable addition to the Blues' defence.
If David Luiz does depart and JT is no longer given permission to rule the roost, another defensive option would be Porto's highly rated centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.
Mourinho is said to have shown interest in the 22 year old while at Real Madrid, and his interest has not abated.
The Frenchman has dismissed the rumors regarding his future, but press sources including The Independent believe he could be the subject of a £30 million bid—a staggering amount for a defender of his age and experience.
Mangala isn't the only Frenchman plying his trade on the Iberian peninsula to attract Chelsea's attention.
Sevilla's defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia isn't yet a full French international, but Sam Wallace of The Independent believes he is a "key target" for Mourinho, who would cost around £10 million.
While on international duty at the U20 World Cup, Kondogbia has been quoted by The Evening Standard as saying Chelsea are "a great team with a great manager," but he also offered similarly flirtatious comments about Real Madrid.
After scoring a hat-trick in Spain's European U21 Championships final against Italy last week, Thiago's stock has risen considerably.
Subsequently, the 22-year-old Barcelona star has been linked with a host of clubs, with The Mirror believing his future may lay at Old Trafford, thanks to some hints dropped by his ex-Brazil international father Mazinho.
These rumors have persisted after David de Gea wrote "see you in Manchester" on his Euro U21 Final match ball.
ESPN, however, reports that Chelsea have joined the race for Thiago, who will be available for a fee of just €18 million. Yet they also say that the player's first choice would be to join up with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic is a wanted man. He has been linked to so many clubs in the past few months that SB Nation aptly describe him as "standing in a swirling vortex of rumours."
The Montenegrin forward recently spoke of his desire to play for Antonio Conte's Juventus (H/T Football Italia), but has also been linked with PSG, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Of all the Premiership sides tracking him, Arsenal appear to have generated the most consistent rumours, but The Week feel that The Special One might just steal the coveted 23 year old from under Arsene Wenger's nose.