Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Jose Mourinho's Top Targets

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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Jose Mourinho's Top Targets
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may believe his summer transfer business is complete but sections of the UK press aren't quite as convinced. There are fresh rumours linking Mourinho with a move for a Brazilian attacking midfielder, as well as a report that as good as rules out a top target.

Here's the latest rumors concerning some of Chelsea's main transfer targets:

 

Mourinho Ready to Beat Arsenal and Liverpool to Roberto Firmino

Not content with having already added Cesc Fabregas, Mourinho is reportedly chasing another gem. The player in question is Hoffenheim ace Roberto Firmino.

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Roberto Firmino is emerging as a late target.

Rob Shepherd of the Daily Mail has reported Mourinho wants the prolific creator in the Chelsea ranks this season. Shepherd is aware of Mourinho's early statements about his summer spending being finished, per BBC Sport. But he maintains Firmino will tempt the Chelsea chief back into action:

Having lured Didier Drogba back to Chelsea to supplement his strike force Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said he has completed all transfer business.

But the Blues may yet seek to bolster their attacking options by making a move for Brazilian Roberto Firmino. The 22-year-old plays for Hoffenheim and has also attracted the interest of Arsenal.

The idea of getting one over on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will likely appeal to Mourinho. The Frenchman is one of his favourite targets.

However, it's tough to see Chelsea making room for Firmino now that Fabregas is on board. That's not to deny the player's obvious talent.

The young star rose to prominence last season thanks to a series of stunning displays in the Bundesliga. He produced 11 assists in the league, per WhoScored.com, to go with 16 goals.

They are impressive numbers by any standards. Firmino is also a versatile creator. He works best as a natural No. 10, but that is now going to be the domain of Fabregas.

However, Firmino can also operate wide. That's where Chelsea could make room for him at a position needing greater creative fluency and more goals.

Firmino has also drawn interest from Liverpool, according to Daily Star reporter Tony Stenson. Mourinho is notorious for snatching a player to prevent a Premier League rival from getting stronger.

He would likely be left giddy by the thought of frustrating two rivals for the price of one signing. The Chelsea gaffer will have to balance that temptation against the prospect of bloating a key area of his squad.

 

Paul Pogba is Close to New Juventus Deal

One midfield target Mourinho is certain to have to live without is French all-round talisman Paul Pogba. The outrageously talented 21-year-old is reportedly about to ink a new deal with Juventus.

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Paul Pogba appears set to stay in Turin.

That's according to Italian outlet TuttoSport (h/t Daily Mail reporter Richard Arrowsmith):

The news that is dominating the Italian press on Sunday morning is that Serie A champions Juventus are close to tying in-demand midfielder Paul Pogba down to a new contract that will keep him in Turin until 2019.

This will come as a blow to Premier League sides Chelsea and former club Manchester United who have both expressed an interest in the France midfielder over the summer.

There had been suggestions of a possible £60 million bid from Chelsea for the European game's brightest young midfield talent, per the London Evening Standard.

However, that was a price set by Juve with the express intention of deterring suitors. It has also given the Serie A side the time to work on a new contract for a player in demand following the FIFA 2014 World Cup.

Pogba wowed several pundits, including Mourinho, with his performances in Brazil. It should be noted that even a new five-year deal and a massive selling fee won't put Pogba totally out of Chelsea's range.

Few players are ever outside the reach of a club armed with the resources owner Roman Abramovich can utilise. For now, though, Mourinho will have to bide his time and play the long game over any potential Pogba pursuit.

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Despite the latest reports, it would be surprising to see Chelsea jump back into the market. Mourinho has already sensibly stockpiled a batch of new talent in the areas his squad needed most help.

Perhaps it will only be the chance to prevent a rival from strengthening that prompts further action. But in all honesty, that shallow pursuit isn't needed when Chelsea's squad looks as strong as it currently does.

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