You just never know with Jose Mourinho, do you? Having completed the signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, the Portuguese boss has insisted that the club have finalised their business for the summer.
But with rumours prominent regarding players that could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge, might Jose be privy to making a couple of more forays into the market yet?
The market closes at 31 August and we close our market on 19 July. We finished our market today. The club did fantastic. We knew the targets, we knew the players. The club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage. We got exactly what we need. The squad is a squad I like very much.
Despite this proclamation from Mourinho, rumours about Chelsea players and potential Chelsea players are still rife.
The Blues could be about to sell one of their star centre-forwards according to reports, while murmurings about the acquisition of a World Cup winner won’t disappear either.
Plus—in typical Mourinho fashion—the Blues boss has taken an early dig at one of Chelsea’s potential title rivals.
Here’s the very latest summer gossip surrounding the Blues.
Romelu Lukaku Set for Everton Switch
The Toffees could be set to announce the signing of the Belgian forward within the next 48 hours, according to reports.
Dominic King of the Daily Mail claims that the Merseyside club are increasingly confident of striking a deal for the player, who scored 15 Premier League goals in a prosperous loan spell with the club last season, per WhoScored.com.
Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur maintains that the Blues aren’t particularly keen on selling the 21-year-old to an English team, but Everton are confident of getting their man:
Everton are optimistic that they can resign Romelu Lukaku. Rom was eager to play CL, but felt at home in Goodison Park. #EFC— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) July 19, 2014
Having already offloaded Demba Ba to Besiktas, the sale of Lukaku would leave Chelsea with just Diego Costa and Fernando Torres as their striking options. But it’s been clear for a long time that Mourinho simply doesn’t fancy the Belgian and now looks set to cash in on the forward.
For Lukaku, Everton would be a sensible move. He developed massively as a player under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez, and he’d be playing regular first-team football as the Toffees look to plot another Champions League challenge.
No Bids Made for Sami Khedira, Says Agent
After starring for Germany in the World Cup, Sami Khedira has been linked with a potential move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly keen on the player's signature.
The Gunners looked to be front-runners for Khedira, but according to Simon Cass of the Daily Star, the Blues are ready to swoop for the £20 million-rated midfielder.
Here are the kind of attributes Khedira could bring to Stamford Bridge should Chelsea complete a deal:
Khedira missed a significant portion of the 2013/14 season through injury, so it is difficult to fully ascertain as to whether or not he is in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
The Italian fashioned a 4-3-3 system with Angel di Maria, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric in the midfield triumvirate, and having signed Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, competition for midfield places will be fierce at the Bernabeu.
The German will feel as though he has the attributes to be a success at Madrid, though, and out of the aforementioned foursome, he’s the only orthodox holding-midfield player.
He’d be a great coup for Chelsea and would add plenty of steel to the base of the Blues’ midfield, but a deal for the Los Blancos man looks a long way off at this juncture.
Mourinho Takes Swipe at Arsenal
According to the Chelsea boss, new signing Cesc Fabregas had no intention of returning to his former club Arsenal.
The former Barcelona man was snapped up by the Stamford Bridge outfit early in the window, and Mourinho has claimed it was “easy” to convince Fabregas to join Chelsea, per Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian:
I think he really wanted to come to us. As you know Arsenal had an option where they could interfere but I think he was not open to that.
He was very much in our direction. It was an easy job for me.
The Gunners chose not to activate a clause in Fabregas’ Barcelona contract that would have seen them have the first option on bringing their former skipper back to the Emirates. And while Arsenal have a host of fine midfielders on their books, you can imagine it’ll be a riling sight for their supporters when the 27-year-old midfielder dons the blue of Chelsea in the Premier League.
Here's a taster of what Chelsea supporters can look forward to this season:
Chelsea look to have the strongest group ahead of the new Premier League season; now expect Mourinho to attain even more of an edge through his patented mind games.