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Prioritising Chelsea's Summer Transfer Targets for Jose Mourinho

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10:  New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho talks to the media during the Chealsea FC press conference at Stamford Bridge on June 10, 2013 in London, England. Mourinho is returning to Chelsea for a second spell in charge of the West London Premier League team.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Rachel BascomContributor IIIJuly 1, 2013

This week, Chelsea officially made Andre Schurrle their first big signing of the summer. Although there is no doubt that the young German forward will be a valuable addition to the squad, there is still a lot of work to do if the Blues are to fulfill all of their summer transfer needs.

So what do they need?

A forward was a must, but in addition to Schurrle, Chelsea also need to add an out-and-out striker, a strong, physical target who can emulate Didier Drogba. Although Fernando Torres was the first choice for much of the last season, it is clear that at least one other man is needed to create more competition and give Jose Mourinho another option when Torres is not performing.

Some players who could potentially fit in well at Stamford Bridge could be Mario Gomez or Edinson Cavani—although the latter might not be the best value for money. Romelu Lukaku might step up this season, but another striker will still be needed.

Another area that should be high on the transfer priority list is a defensive midfielder. Right now the only player who is able to regularly play that role is John Obi Mikel. He has had a fairly good season, but there is some room for improvement. If Chelsea can get a good deal on a defensive midfield specialist, it is definitely something that would benefit the team this season.

One potential option is the young French player Geoffrey Kondogbia, who the Mirror recently reported as being on Jose Mourinho's radar. The 20-year-old impressed last season for Sevilla, and could be a great, young squad player.

Another purchase that the Blues might be considering, especially with Jose Mourinho at the helm, is another centre-back to add cover. As far as prioritising goes, however, a defender has to be at the bottom of the list, with John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, and Gary Cahill already in the squad.

Where do you think that Chelsea should target their spending? Let me know in the comments.

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