Chelsea Transfer News: Major Rumours on Jose Mourinho's Summer Targets

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 15:  Sami Khedira of Italy in action during the international friendly match between Italy and Germany at Giuseppe Meazza stadium on November 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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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

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Sami Khedira of Real Madrid CF in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Real Madrid CF and Galatasaray AS held on September 17, 2013 at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Ph
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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:

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:

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.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Sami Khedira (C) of Germany runs past Oscar of Brazil with the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo
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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

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05:  Paul Pogba of Juventus celebrates after beating Atalanta BC 1-0 to win the Serie A Championships at the end of the Serie A match between Juventus and Atalanta BC at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio
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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.

ROME, ITALY - MAY 11: Paul Labile Pogba with Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrate the victory after the Serie A match between AS Roma and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on May 11, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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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 Tuttosportvia 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."

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Paul Pogba of France celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/G
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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.