A season of "what could have been" has just finished at Chelsea. The Blues will be disappointed with losing simple games to throw away the Premier League title, plus suffering a Champions League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid, but things are looking bright for the future.
Jose Mourinho is expected to launch a well-planned assault on the transfer market during the summer. Edin Dzeko and Edinson Cavani are the latest names to be linked with a move, while David Luiz is the most likely to exit.
Let's check the latest news surrounding all three.
Latest News on Chelsea's Potential Transfer Activity
In: Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
The quality of Manuel Pellegrini's squad is best summed up by Dzeko's continuous flitting between the bench and first team. He emerged as City's key striker during the title run-in, netting 16 goals across 23 starts and eight substitute appearances in the Premier League, per WhoScored.com.
Mourinho was suitably impressed. The Portuguese manager believes Dzeko should have claimed the player-of-the-year award over Liverpool's Luis Suarez, reported by Kevin Palmer of ESPN FC:
Why? Because he was the third striker in the beginning of the season, he was even behind his manager's first choices and when the team needed him, in crucial moments of the season, or because of [Sergio] Aguero injuries or because of [Alvaro] Negredo's little moments of lack of form, he made the difference.
Mourinho's comments, which also suggested Dzeko's attitude and unwillingness to dive should see him recognised as the best, has forced many into thinking a Chelsea bid will arrive during preseason. Dzeko indicated any rumours should be dismissed, per City's website and via Richard Jolly of ESPN FC:
"For the last three years the people were talking and talking and I am still here," said Dzeko.
While Mourinho's public pursuit of a new forward is destined to roll on, it appears Dzeko is hoping to remain focused on Bosnia-Herzegovina's stint at the World Cup before helping City retain their title next season.
In: Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain
Sticking with attacking reinforcements, potential interest in Edinson Cavani is likely to grow after the Uruguayan forward once again suggested he is unhappy in Paris. The hard-working player, whose best qualities are unleashed when leading the line, remains irritated by being deployed on the right wing of Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation.
Cavani, reportedly reprimanded by PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi for an interview with L'Equipe, said he is "certainly going to speak to the president," per ESPN FC. Speaking after PSG's title celebrations last Wednesday, Al Khelaifi reiterated Cavani will remain at the Parc des Princes, saying, "He's staying here. He has a contract with us."
Chelsea's interest is outlined in ESPN FC's report, as the player and club seem to be an excellent fit. Cavani is a team player, someone who works diligently to hold up and spray the ball before heading into the box to make an impression on the score.
His frustration, plus a large bid from Chelsea, could see Al Khelaifi change his mind rather quickly.
Out: David Luiz
While the recently sold Juan Mata was the nicest guy at Stamford Bridge, David Luiz is the most charismatic. Although he's suffered something of a bit-part season under Mourinho, who doesn't appear to trust the Brazilian's defensive stability, news of Barcelona's interest will sadden plenty of Chelsea supporters.
In fact, Nick Lustig of the Daily Star reports a £32 million deal is agreed:
According to reports in his native homeland, Luiz has agreed to join Barca on a five-year-contract and an official announcement of the deal will be made after this summer's World Cup.
The La Liga giants have finally got their man after failing on numerous attempts to lure Luiz to Spain.
Prior to this report, PSG boss Blanc suggested Luiz "will interest" his side if available, reported by Matthew Morlidge of the Daily Mail. Luiz also spoke to TF1, via Ian Holyman of ESPN FC, where he revealed his love for the French capital:
I love the city. It's a super city. When I have some spare time, I jump on a train and I go there. I love it,
We'll see. You never know. PSG are a big club now, a great name. They're working flat out to win the Champions League, they're certainly going to win the French title for many seasons to come, so they're a big club.
Luiz confirmed it's "cool" to operate alongside Thiago Silva, saying, "I love playing with him, it doesn't matter where." Considering Chelsea are likely to need to raise funds before signing any high-profile players—a conscious attempt to coincide with UEFA's financial fair play rules—Luiz's departure could be key to fuelling a new-look side.
Mourinho has plenty to stew over. Chelsea need a greater attacking edge next season, but it seems sacrifices will need to be made if this is to happen. Luiz remains a firm favourite at the club, the man who speaks like a "geezer" on Twitter, suggesting his reported exit will upset many.
Of course, all could be forgotten if Mourinho lands a prolific forward.
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