Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Jose Mourinho's Top Summer Targets

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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Jose Mourinho's Top Summer Targets
Christophe Ena

It's a busy time of year at Stamford Bridge, and even with a Champions League semi-final to think about, the transfer speculation carousel is in full swing for the West London giants.

The Blues take on Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their European clash this week, but Los Rojiblancos danger man Diego Costa isn't one of those figuring in our breakdown of the latest Chelsea gossip.

Instead, eyes will turn to Paris, Southampton and Seville as we unveil the latest on some of Jose Mourinho's reported targets, with money in abundance being a common trait among all three.

 

Luke Shaw, Southampton

Matt Dunham

The to-and-fro affair between Manchester United and Chelsea, with Luke Shaw sat firmly in the middle, has been a well-chronicled transfer story in recent months, but Chelsea have been given some hope in their hunt.

The Daily Mail's Joe Bernstein says that Shaw won't commit on a move to Old Trafford until he finds out who is succeeding David Moyes at the club's helm.

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Throughout his Southampton rise, the left-back has always given the impression that playing regular first-team football is something that ranks very highly in his priorities, and Mourinho could benefit or face a setback depending on who the next United manager is.

Saints director Les Reed is quoted by BBC Sport as saying that reports stating bids have already come in for his players are false:

Reports that some of our players are negotiating transfers are misinformed. As we stand, there have been no enquiries or offers for any of our players. That is the truth. No club has been given permission to talk to any of our players.

We have had a great season and we want to improve on it. We want retain the players we've got. They are all contracted and we intend to honour those contracts. Any enquiries we get will probably be met with a 'no, not for sale'. Our intention is to keep this very good team together and build on it by bringing in players to improve on that. We have our targets and these are things we talk about on a daily basis.

Southampton are clearly intent on building from the momentum that their 2013-14 campaign has unearthed, but money is a factor which inevitably talks in football, and this might be a shouting match the south coast club cannot win.

 

Alberto Moreno, Sevilla

Left-back has been something of a problem area for Chelsea of late, with Ashley Cole's simmering form meaning that right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has had to fill in on the other side of defence, and fill in well at that.

In an attempt to plug that potential hole, Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno will be the subject of a £15 million bid, according to the Mirror's Paul Gorst.

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With Cole's contract expiring in the summer, the Sun (h/t the Mirror's Chris Richards) quotes a Real Madrid source as saying the veteran would make a fine short-term investment:

Ashley is a world class player and Madrid have wanted to sign him for some time. It is now the perfect opportunity as he is free.

Alternatively, Real could go directly for Moreno, according to the BBC's Andy Brassell, who sees Los Merengues as favourites for the full-back's signature:

This would go to show just how highly rated the Spanish youngster is, and it seems Chelsea are looking to surge in early in order to get the better of their fellow suitors.

 

Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain

Jacques Brinon

Shirking their apparent admiration for Atleti's Costa, Chelsea are now doubling their efforts to sign Edinson Cavani, it seems, after the Ben Jefferson of the Express reported that Roman Abramovich has more of a liking for Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.

Spanish journalist Diego Torres Romano backed up such claims on Twitter, dissuading the notion that a move for Costa would take priority:

The likelihood of Cavani's departure would appear helped by the fact that his brother recently enlisted the help of a new agent, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, presumably in a bid to help him facilitate a move away from the Parc des Princes.

Speaking to French sports daily L'Equipe at the time, Jones' report also quotes Cavani as saying:

Will I remain at Paris next term? We will see at the end of the season. I am fine in Paris, but obviously there are things we have to talk about with the club, things we need to do in a different way.

Playing in 4-4-2 was my vision of the team when I joined Paris. It is one of the arguments that motivated me to sign in that club. Let’s terminate Le Championnat and we will see what will happen.

One might argue as to whether or not Chelsea can offer the same 4-4-2 dream that Cavani had in mind, but perhaps the responsibilities of leading the line himself will bear even more fruit.

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