Chelsea have been happy shoppers in the summer transfer window so far, luring both Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge, but you get the impression that manager Jose Mourinho’s spending is far from over.
The Blues have the financial power and appeal to bring any player in the game to west London, and they're looking to use their position at the top of European football to bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.
With their goalscoring issues looking sorted with Costa’s arrival, Mourinho has now turned his attention to two big-name midfielders, who are rumoured to be in line to don the famous blue shirt next term.
Sami Khedira, Real Madrid
German international Sami Khedira is reportedly Arsenal’s top target in this summer’s transfer window, having secured the services of Alexis Sanchez, but Chelsea are ready to ruin their plans for his signature.
As John Cross and Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror report, the Blues are keen to take advantage of the fact that Khedira’s high transfer fee and wage demands would push Arsenal’s budget to its limit, and have made a move for the midfielder.
The 27-year-old would cost the Gunners a reported £20 million, with a £150,000-per-week wage bill adding salt to their financial wounds, and John Cross thinks that such figures will be a step too far for Wenger’s men:
Arsenal interest in Khedira is clear. But financials involved would be HUGE. For that reason, I'm a bit sceptical as to whether it'll happen— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) July 12, 2014
Perfect timing, then, for Chelsea to swoop in and land Khedira, who has been a sensation at the World Cup in Brazil so far—winning the plaudits of Joey Barton among several others:
Considering Khedira has not long returned from a serious knee injury, he was outstanding the other night against Brazil.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 12, 2014
His tough-tackling style combined with expert vision makes him one of the best holding midfielders on the planet, and he’d form a solid partnership with Nemanja Matic in the heart of the Chelsea midfield should he make the switch.
The Blues also have Ramires to use as bait in their attempt to lure Khedira to the English capital, with Cross and Lewis reporting that Madrid are interested in taking the Brazilian.
Both Ramires and Khedira have just one year remaining on their current contracts, and Chelsea and Real could be looking to reach an agreement with the prospect of free transfers at the end of the year looming large.
However, despite Khedira’s demands, it seems as if signing him would be money well spent for the Blues, who are just a few players away from a truly phenomenal side.
Paul Pogba, Juventus
Chelsea fans must be growing tired of the Paul Pogba transfer saga, with numerous reports linking the Juventus star with a move to Stamford Bridge failing to materialise.
The Blues have been rumoured to be weighing up a whopping £60 million move for the 21-year-old—per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com—but it seems that Mourinho will have a hard time luring him from Turin.
The France international is the kind of midfielder that would fit in well at Chelsea, with his tough-tackling defensive ability mirrored by his willingness to get forward and score goals.
Though his signature looks light-years away, Pogba was rumoured to be in London around the Stamford Bridge area recently, once again adding fuel to his transfer fire.
However, as MailOnline Sport revealed, he was visiting his cousin rather than putting pen to paper:
More bad news for Blues fans is that Pogba’s agent has ruled out the Frenchman moving to Stamford Bridge, as he told Tuttosport—via Sky Sports:
"All is perfect at Juventus and no meetings are planned, we have nothing else to say. The interest of Chelsea? Do you think we are dealing with the Blues just because Paul is in London? These are imaginations."
Such comments rather silence every Chelsea fan’s hopes of landing the dynamic midfielder, but when Mourinho is in charge, anything can happen.
Pogba not being in blue next term won’t ruin Chelsea’s chances of silverware, though, particularly if Khedira moves to the club.
The German’s expert positioning, professionalism and experience winning the biggest trophies in Europe would undoubtedly see Chelsea once again have the foundations to enjoy a successful campaign. It’s just up to the Portuguese manager, then, to make the move happen.