Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Last-Ditch Deals Planned by Jose Mourinho

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2014

COBHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho chats with Fernando Torres during a Chelsea training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group E match against Schalke on October 21, 2013 in Cobham, England, (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Chelsea's latest transfer news is more focused on players manager Jose Mourinho will try to keep, rather than any last-ditch deals he might make to add to his squad. In fact, there's bad news for the Blues boss in terms of one potential incoming target.

Here's the highlights of the latest Chelsea transfer gossip:

Mourinho Will Keep Fernando Torres

Mourinho has apparently decided he will keep £50 million flop Fernando Torres. The Chelsea gaffer made his intentions regarding the Spanish striker clear, following his club's 2-0 win over Leicester City, per Sunday Mirror writer Sbu Mjikeliso:

I want three strikers in the team. Sometimes I want two on the field and one on the bench. Somebody will be suspended or injured. I can’t go through a season without a third striker. He will play, he will score goals and he will be very useful for us. He’s a fantastic guy, a fantastic professional.

Frankly, this seems like a strange decision. While Mourinho is being cautious to keep three natural strikers, Chelsea don't really have a need for Torres.

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 30:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea in action during the pre season friendly match between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea at the Gelredome Stadium on July 30, 2014 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Returning hero Didier Drogba is a durable veteran who can comfortably back up marquee new signing Diego Costa. Drogba is also more attuned to the way Mourinho likes his striker to operate than Torres.

Not only that, but the Blues also have the option of moving a wide forward such as Andre Schurrle or Willian into the middle. Of course, critics of that ploy will say they don't want to see Chelsea resorting to playing without a true centre-forward, the way the team did at times last season.

However, the option does give Mourinho's squad some important tactical flexibility. It offers the option of switching to a pace-based attack with fleet-footed runners attacking between the lines.

That's a contrast to the power offered by both Costa and Drogba. It's also something that would suit the skills of new pass-master Cesc Fabregas on certain occasions.

Chelsea are declining a good chance to finally shift Torresa player whose confidence has been destroyed at Stamford Bridgeoff the books. If there's a chance to offload him, and AC Milan have reportedly expressed strong interest, per, Mourinho would be smarter to take it.

Angry Petr Cech Determined to Leave

One squad player Mourinho should be loath to lose is experienced goalkeeper Petr Cech. However, the 32-year-old's current mood is unlikely to take account of Mourinho's feelings.

Cech is said to be furious at the manner in which he's been pushed aside for Thibaut Courtois. Daily Mail reporter Rob Shepherd believes the angry star will push for a move this week:

Cech is furious that Mourinho refused even to have a private chat over his decision to make Thibaut Courtois his No 1.

Paris St Germain, having failed to lure Hugo Lloris from Tottenham, are in the frame. So too are Monaco and several Spanish clubs.
Chelsea would prefer to loan Cech out, with a break clause in January. But Cech may push for permanent deal.

This is a tricky one for Mourinho. On the one hand, no manager wants an angry player venting his frustrations in the squad, something that could lead to possible divisions.

Cech is not happy with his recent treatment.
Cech is not happy with his recent treatment.Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Mourinho does have the bonus of veteran Mark Schwarzer still being around. The 41-year-old is still a capable Premier League stopper.

Yet no team in the Premier League, or Europe for that matter, would boast a better deputy goalkeeper than Cech. Right now, it doesn't look he'll have a major role to play. But that could soon change.

Consider a fairly recent chapter in the history of one of Chelsea's biggest rivals. When Arsenal won the league in 2001/02, all three of goalkeepers David Seaman, Richard Wright and Stuart Taylor picked up winners medals, after making at least 10 appearances during the campaign.

Of course, part of Arsenal's problem was finding a consistent choice, something that shouldn't bother Mourinho. However, if injury or a shock patch of poor form hits Courtois, Chelsea would have a guaranteed top-class replacement eager to remind everyone of his worth.

If nothing else, Cech should be the best goalkeeper in the domestic cup competitions, giving Mourinho's bloated squad an excellent chance of landing silverware this term.

If there's a choice to be made, it should be to keep Cech around.

Sami Khedira Opts to Stay in Madrid

One player who has apparently made Mourinho's choice for him is Germany international midfielder Sami Khedira. Real Madrid chief Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the 27-year-old will stay in the Spanish capital, per Daily Star reporter Alex Harris: "Khedira is happy here and he is staying. The matter is resolved and he stays at Real Madrid."

While this seems to deny Mourinho the chance to reunite with one of his former players, it's not exactly a major blow to his squad. Chelsea's ranks are well-stocked with powerful runners in the middle.

The presence of a player like Matic rules out the need for Khedira.
The presence of a player like Matic rules out the need for Khedira.Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Nemanja Matic is a true powerhouse and natural linchpin. Meanwhile, Ramires still covers ground as well as any midfielder in the Premier League. Mourinho can even call on the rugged John Obi Mikel in a pinch.

He doesn't have a major need for Khedira. Signing him would look more like a luxury indulgence, rather than good business.

Obviously, last-ditch deals are thin on the ground for Chelsea. But that's only a fitting reflection of the fine work Mourinho has done to retool his squad this summer.

The Blues don't need reinforcements in any one area and are already fully loaded for a serious assault on this season's title.


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