The Portuguese boss is beginning to put his mark on the group having shipped out Juan Mata to Manchester United in January, per BBC Sport, and sanctioned the sale of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain, per BBC Sport.
And whilst the World Cup will prove something of a hindrance for any potential transfer dealings, expect the Chelsea hierarchy to be making early enquiries ahead of a campaign of stark significance for the Stamford Bridge club.
With that in mind, here are the very latest transfer rumblings on all things Chelsea related.
Manchester United’s proposed £27 million deal for Shaw is in danger of being hijacked by Chelsea, according to reports.
The Red Devils were seemingly been in pole position to acquire the services of Southampton’s prodgious 18-year-old left-back. But according to Simon Jones of the Mail Online, the Blues have cited the England international as a potential replacement for Ashley Cole and have enquired as to how negotiations have been going with the Manchester outfit.
According to Jones’ piece, Shaw has long had his heart set on a move to Old Trafford. But if Chelsea were to make make their interest concrete in the form of an official bid, it’d certainly make for a tempting prospect for Shaw, who was a Chelsea supporter growing up.
He was actually at the club as a youngster, as noted here by Rob Harris:
The Southampton full-back recently discussed how it feels to be replacing Cole in the national set-up, after Roy Hodgson decided to call up the youngster instead of the 33-year-old, per Henry Winter of The Telegraph:
It’s unbelievable how far I’ve come. A few years ago I was sat watching Ashley Cole on TV. I’ve always admired him. I was a Chelsea fan when I was younger. I used to go to the games with my mates.
He was someone I idolised because of the way he played his game. I looked up to him massively. It’s a really weird feeling to replace someone I’ve idolised. He was happy for me and he congratulated me though.
Now it seems as though there is a chance Shaw could be replacing Cole at domestic level too. It’s every player’s dream to play for the club they supported growing up, and a move to Chelsea could be too tantalising an opportunity for Shaw to turn down.
Stepping away from that romanticist perspective, the Stamford Bridge outift would also be able to offer the 18-year-old Champions League football straight away, and a much more immediate chance of challenging for major honours.
Shaw is in the infancy of his career, of course. But the modern game moves at such a blistering pace, with even teenagers impatient when it comes to their thirst for silverware. Chelsea can give the England international all of that right now now. At the moment, it remains doubtful whether or not United can.
The Blues have reportedly moved for the Paris Saint-Germain forward in an attempt to bolster their goalscoring options. According to Matt Law of The Telegraph, Chelsea made an enquiry about the forward during negotiations over David Luiz’s move to the French champions.
The Argentinean international impressed against Chelsea when the two sides met in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and he is a player who looks to have all the credentials to flourish in the Premier League.
He is a wonderfully skilful forward, but there is a dynamism and industry about his game that suggests he would be capable of adapting to the robust landscape of the Premier League.
In the Champions League, he is a player that always seems to perform well against English sides, too, having caused a host of problems for Chelsea and Manchester City when they took on Lavezzi’s former club Napoli in years past.
Here are some of his best moments in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt:
But he’s not the orthodox centre-forward that Cheslea require—rather, a player that would most likely operate out wide or behind the most advanced frontman. Whilst Lavezzi is certainly a class act, Chelsea are well stocked with players to occupy those sorts of positions and would be better served focusing their attentions on an orthodox striker.
The Ateltico Madrid chief executive Gil Marin has insisted that the Belgian stopper wants to stay at the Vicente Calderon.
After Atletico’s crushing defeat to city rivals Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League, Marin claimed: “Courtois wants to stay, and he’s told the directors that,” per Alex Harris of the Express. “But it all depends on him and Chelsea have an injured goalkeeper.”
Marin is of course referring to Petr Cech, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge amid reports Mourinho is set to make Courtois his No. 1, per Alan Nixon of the Sunday People (h/t The Mirror).
For Atletico supporters, it will be heartbreaking to see Courtois—who has been on loan at the club for three consecutive seasons—go back to London. The 21-year-old has struck up a real affinity with the fans, and whilst he may want to stick around, it’s difficult to see Chelsea casting aside a goalkeeper of his immense quality any longer.
Courtois has been magnificent for Atletico, showcasing a composure and confidence that far surpasses his years. Ed Maylon of The Mirror was especially impressed with his handling during the Champions League final:
He’s played—indeed, shone—in some enormous games for Atletico and is ready to be Chelsea’s starting goalkeeper next season and, potentially, for many, many more years to come.
Mourinho needs to have the best possible squad if he is to win silverware next season and, right now, Courtois is the best goalkeeper in the club, if not the world.
The Senegalese forward has emerged as a target for Besiktas, with Chelsea likely to bolster their forward options this summer. According to Jonny Singer of the Daily Mail, the Turkish side will make a move for Ba, who has been left frustrated at his lack of playing time at Chelsea.
The former Newcastle man proved he still has the goalscoring touch towards the end of the campaign, netting game-winning goals against Paris Saint-Germain, Swansea and Liverpool. But given that Chelsea only play with one centre-forward, he was regularly rotated in and out of the side along with Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o.
Despite that, Mourinho is reportedly keen on keeping hold of the player, according to Singer’s aforementioned piece. That despite Chelsea’s persistent links with a big money move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, per Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail.
Ba is a willing runner, a physical threat and a composed finisher, and it’s easy to see why Mourinho wants to keep hold of him. But he’d be no more than a back-up option at Chelsea and, at 29 years of age, Ba will know he needs to be playing regular, first-team football.
If a team comes in with a reasonable offer and guaranteed minutes, don’t expect Mourinho to begrudge him a move.