Towards the end of the 2013-14 season, Chelsea were rumoured to be chasing just about every player in Europe ahead of the transfer window opening. A striker was obviously at the top of their list, but with Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard preparing to depart when their contracts expire on June 30, other reinforcements were needed.
After David Luiz's move to Paris Saint-Germain was confirmed, per BBC Sport, Cesc Fabregas signed a contract at Stamford Bridge, per a team announcement. A midfield pairing of Fabregas and Nemanja Matic is certainly something to salivate over, but the Blues still need to strengthen in other areas.
“Why aren’t Chelsea bidding on everyone who has had a good game at the World Cup?” I hear you ask. The B/R Liverpool Stream has been much busier than Chelsea's in recent weeks, and Manchester United have seen a bid for Ander Herrera rejected by Athletic Bilbao this week, per BBC Sport.
This is mainly because the aforementioned clubs have representatives in Brazil at the World Cup, although Louis van Gaal is more concerned with guiding the Netherlands to a second consecutive final rather than scouting targets for his new club. Even Arsene Wenger has been spotted soaking up the atmosphere in Brazil, as you will not be able to un-see from this tweet:
Arsenal (@Goonerz1886) June 26, 2014
Jose Mourinho had other plans this summer.
Per Charlie Scott at the Daily Mail, he has been fulfilling his duties as a UN World Food Programme ambassador, spending a month in the Ivory Coast helping to support the work done in one of Africa’s poorest nations.
In the grand scheme of things, that is a far better place for Mourinho to be. The World Cup is the biggest global sporting event, but there will still be six weeks of the transfer window after the tournament is finished.
It makes sense to see how both transfer targets and current squad members perform on the World’s biggest stage before negotiating any deals. While a stand-out tournament could possibly inflate prices for potential targets, it may also help to boost the fee attracted for players who have become surplus to requirements. A solid showing at the World Cup might even put a fringe player at the forefront of Mourinho's plans for next season, even if he is not there in person.
In short, it might seem concerning that the supposed “done deal” for Diego Costa reported by Wayne Veysey at Goal.com in May is yet to materialise; however, when you think about what Jose is doing instead of enjoying the hospitality at the World Cup, it should put things back into perspective.