As soon as the 2013 Summer Transfer Window opened on 1 June, Chelsea were all over the market, flashing money to build next year’s team.
New boss Jose Mourinho is eager to put together a top-notch squad with key offseason additions. In Mourinho’s second stint with Chelsea, he has his eye on three players in particular.
The Uruguayan forward is Chelsea’s main target this summer, and is just about locked up, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Cavani has reportedly spurned Real Madrid for a £7.7 million contract with the Blues, who are still trying to work out the transfer fee with Napoli. Club president Aurelio de Laurentiis is demanding £63 million, which Chelsea are reluctant to provide.
Marco Van Ginkel
Already a star in the Netherlands, Van Ginkel needs to be assured first-team minutes if he is to transfer. The realization that he may come off the bench has cooled Van Ginkel’s interest in the club, though Chelsea are not yet worried.
Stephan El Shaarawy
El Shaarawy would cost around £35 million plus Fernando Torres, who the Blues are trying to get rid of to make room for Cavani up top.
Cavani wants to decide his future soon, and Chelsea want to be able to plan out the rest of next year’s team. Mourinho will be welcoming his new striker within two weeks.
Mids Eden Hazard, Oscar, Ramires and Juan Mata all deserve playing time, and if the Blues sign Cavani, Schurrle will be pushed out to the wing. Either Van Ginkel or El Shaarawy will sign, but not both.
Getting Van Ginkel is more likely since he can be a control midfielder, while El Shaarawy would need to compete with Hazard or Schurrle up top.