Chelsea secured a third-place Premier League finish last term, but new boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem at all content. As such, he could be looking to completely restructure the club’s roster.
As quoted by Rob Beasley of The Sun, Mourinho is focused on making marked improvement this summer:
The priority is to improve because in the last two years we have struggled in the league. If Chelsea didn’t win the Champions League then the club wouldn’t have been in the competition this year. And this year we had to fight until the last match to qualify. So we have to improve the team.
Adding Luis Suarez would certainly be an improvement.
Suarez's future has been the subject of unrelenting speculation, with the Uruguayan talking up a move to Real Madrid after hitting out at the English press for what he perceived to be unfair treatment of him.
But the Blues it seems are the frontrunners to capture his signature this summer.
Spanish paper AS claims Suarez could move to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £34m.
That Suarez is on Mourinho’s wish list comes as no surprise. Chelsea have been linked to Napoli superstar Edinson Cavani for some time, though as John Edwards of the Daily Mail reported, the Blues may be upstaged by Paris Saint-Germain on that front.
Does Chelsea have a chance of signing Suarez away from Liverpool?
What all of this means is simple: Mourinho is indeed looking for strikers this summer, and signing Suarez away from EPL rival Liverpool would be a tremendous coup.
The Blues aren’t desperate for scorers, but they aren’t prepared to rest on their laurels as major transfer targets like Suarez weigh other options.
The striker’s unrest at Anfield has been well-documented, but as BBC Sport reported, the Reds may be through with the situation, preparing to sell Suarez sooner rather than later—even after refuting the notion of seeing him off.
Despite Suarez’s questionable antics, there’s no denying his talent. The Uruguayan is a tremendous finisher who would immediately add a new element to Chelsea’s attack. Given Mourinho’s desire to improve in that area, Suarez should certainly be atop his wish list, especially if Liverpool are willing to let him go at £34 million.
As Sky Sports reported, United are standing firm in their desire to keep Rooney. Paris Saint-Germain are offering a substantial amount for Cavani. If the market is beginning to dry up, Chelsea have to move quickly in pursuit of Suarez.
There's nothing to suggest Chelsea are the front-runners for Suarez as Liverpool look to potentially sell him, but there's also no reason to believe the Blues can't present Liverpool with a strong offer. Mourinho needs to back up his plans to rejuvenate his roster with a major move, and signing Suarez would be as big as it gets.