Chelsea are set to dominate the summer back pages with major activity in the transfer market. Jose Mourinho is sure to strengthen his squad no matter their success this season, evolving the current "little horse" into a battle-ready stallion.
The Blues are already linked with a number of names. Here, we bring together the latest news and comments surrounding those who are currently being touted with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Latest News and Comment from Blues’ Big Summer Targets
Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain
Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be monitoring Edinson Cavani's progress at Paris Saint-Germain. The Uruguayan forward has been farmed out onto the flank this season to fulfil Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 ambitions, a move that has raised doubts as to whether the former Napoli star is content at the Parc des Princes.
However, as reported by Ian Holyman of ESPN FC, Blanc was rather angry with the suggestion his Uruguayan ace wishes to move on:
It's you who create the rumours about Cavani. The player is injured so he can't respond on the pitch. He has some personal problems added to that, and people take advantage to create a Cavani problem. However, the player is happy here.
Cavani's off-field disappointment stems from the 27-year-old working through divorce from his wife. Mourinho might be wise to offer his potential target somewhere fresh to ply his trade during the summer, signalling a new era for the man who has netted 18 goals in 27 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Champions League, per WhoScored.
Mourinho is a fan of industrious forwards who prioritise the team over their goal-scoring output, criteria Cavani certainly adheres to with his energetic play.
Hulk, Zenit Saint Petersburg
It seems Hulk is linked with Chelsea every single transfer window. The Zenit star fuelled speculation of a summer move after posting a photo of himself and his agent flying to London.
John Drayton of the Daily Mail reports the caption alongside the image: "Going to work in London. With my manager and friend #Teo."
Drayton also suggests Mourinho failed to acquire Hulk after filing a bid at the onset of the current season, hinting a move is likely in the summer.
Hulk's physicality and lightning pace would make him a smart fit in Chelsea's attack, but his lack of defensive contribution may halt Mourinho's interest.
The Portuguese manager has drilled his team to defend as a unit this campaign, with everyone aiding the overall effort. Hulk has registered just 0.5 tackles per match in the Russian Premier League, per WhoScored.com, the kind of input that saw Juan Mata pushed through the Chelsea exit.
Adrien Rabiot, Paris Saint-Germain
Should Chelsea wish to bring in a younger talent, Adrien Rabiot is sure to be near the top of the club's wish list. The 18-year-old is yet to ink a contract extension with the mega-rich Ligue 1 side and is said to be taking Mourinho's fancy in an alternate Holyman report on ESPN FC.
Although L'Equipe suggests Rabiot is looking for a huge pay increase from £5,000 to £60,000 per week with his new deal, reported by Jamie Sanderson of the Metro, the youngster's mother confirms his future will be decided by playing time, not finances. Veronique Rabiot spoke to L'Parisien, per Holyman:
We don't take decisions in terms of financial criteria. They have their importance, of course, but the priority is the sporting project. How much playing time can Adrien have in the short-term future? Are all the conditions there for him to continue his progress? That's the most important thing.
Rabiot is a well-rounded midfielder who has enjoyed nine starts and 16 substitute appearances this campaign. His game is built around accurate passing and the ability to regain possession when PSG are on the back foot.
Undoubtedly a talented youngster who has a massive future ahead of him, Mourinho may have to rid Chelsea of Ramires, Frank Lampard or John Obi Mikel to convince the teenager he is needed.
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