The moment that Ryan Giggs and the Red Devils lifted the Champions League trophy in Moscow, Roman Abromavich was on the phone with agents from around the world, who represented top quality players such as Deco, Bosingwa, Robinho, and Kaka.
After the lengthy mourning of Mourinho, and the unheralded achievements of Avram Grant, Chelsea came incredibly close to winning the sought after double of the Premier League and Champions League.
They even managed to stick it to the Devils at the back end of the season, and gave an amazing performance at the reunion in Moscow, but the stars were apparently not in alignment for the Blues, as they tearfully conceded the title and the Champions League to Fergie's men.
Grant was subsequently relieved of his job, and the house cleaning began. Ben Haim, Sidwell, and other dead wood were let go, as Chelsea embarked on a wild spending spree, gaining Deco for 16 million and a 30 million pound right back, Bosingwa.
Scolari was acquired to get the multimillion dollar ship turning in the right direction, and judging by the 4-0 demolition of Portsmouth, it's safe to assume he has some breathing space.
Upon the trill of the ref's whistle, Chelsea were established as the league favorites by virtually all the bookies in England, and while Scolari downplayed the performance and maintained they'll continue to improve, life seems to be pretty sweet at the Bridge. The newly minted savior has a stellar CV, and Abromavich appears to trust him implicitly, for the moment at least.
If you were to assume Abromavich is ready to put his checkbook away, you'd be absolutely mistaken. Chelsea have been hot on the trail of Robinho virtually the entire transfer window, yet no matter how many zeroes the Russian adds to the bottom line, Madrid show reluctance at releasing their fleet footed winger.
While Chelsea will undoubtedly continue badgering Real for the Brazilian, their moves in the direction of another Brazilian have generated some speculation. Kaka is now the main man in the blue crosshairs, but like all good soap operas, there's a catch.
According to the Daily Star, AC Milan are more than happy to part ways with their marquee playmaker, and all they desire in return is a piddling payment in the form of 102 million pounds, which of course would decimate the transfer fee of Cristiano to Madrid (if, indeed, the deal ever goes to paper). Kaka has not been particularly vocal on his desire to stay or vice versa, but money talks, and with finality.
At the start of the season, Scolari was lightly criticised for attempting to include Ballack, Lampard, and Deco in the same lineup. The general opinion was that Ballack and Lampard's varying styles clashed, not to mention adding Deco to the mix, and it would result in chaos.
Scolari brushed off the criticism, and successfully fused the trio into a seamless unit that bombarded Pompey with attacking runs, aerial attacks, and brilliant through balls.
If Scolari can weave Ballack, Lampard, and Deco into his starting eleven, why not Kaka as well?