Jose Mourinho will opt for quality over quantity when he dips into the transfer market this summer.
The Portuguese boss is already said to have lured Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32 million, as reported by Sky Sports, but he suggests the Spaniard's arrival only makes up half of what he needs for Chelsea to secure silverware.
David Wright of the Express provides the details:
We don't need a new spine, a new structure. It is there. The fundamental for us now is a couple of players of a certain level to help the team immediately go to a different level.
After that the additional is if someone has to leave then someone has to come. Our work in the summer is not a big amount of work, it is just the right choice.
Mourinho indicates he is only looking to secure world-class players and won't settle for middling ability, a wise strategy considering every acquisition influences the club's ability to act in accordance with UEFA's financial fair play rules.
Costa will add pace, power and lethal finishing ability to Chelsea's currently toothless attack. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have failed to consistently net at Stamford Bridge, a stadium that hasn't worshipped a prolific forward since Didier Drogba called time on his West London career.
Barry Glendenning of The Guardian suggests Jose Callejon could further bolster Chelsea's attacking options, a strong link considering Mourinho worked with the Napoli star during their time at Real Madrid. Callejon has enjoyed a fruitful debut season with the Serie A club, netting 16 and assisting seven in 46 appearances across the domestic division and Europe, per WhoScored.com.
Callejon's versatility could also be key. The Spaniard can play anywhere across the attacking midfield line, from the wing or as a traditional striker, offering the type of multi-faceted options Mourinho likes to deploy.
Nick Lustig of the Daily Star believes David Luiz will depart Stamford Bridge in a £32 million move to Barcelona, meaning Mourinho may hunt an additional centre-back or defensive midfield type. Jamie Anderson of the same publication believes the former Bernabeu boss could be tempted into landing Sami Khedira, a player he shared a prosperous relationship with during his tenure in Spain.
Khedira, who once labelled himself "a disciple of Mourinho," would be an excellent fit for the Chelsea midfield. A strong tackler who possesses an air of coolness when under pressure, the German international is well-equipped for Premier League football.
Of course, Mourinho's limited number of signings is likely to be dictated by the FFP guidelines. It is more important than ever he uncovers the right talent, as picking the wrong individual will only heap strain on Chelsea's bank.
Mourinho is used to building teams that triumph. He is expected to improve Chelsea's output next season and will face serious questions if the club fails to secure silverware for a second successive year.
The manager's ability to handpick new stars is pivotal, as is the immediate performance of those who arrive. Mourinho has a plan in mind, but he'll need a quick return on any investments if he is to enjoy a prolonged second spell in charge of Chelsea.