Chelsea Transfer News: Big-Money Deals Targeted by Jose Mourinho

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 3, 2014

Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Braunschweig and Borussia Dortmund in Braunschweig,  Germany, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Braunschweig was defeated by Dortmund with 1-2, Aubameyang scored twice. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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It's a case of no rest for the wicked at Stamford Bridge of late, and despite already sealing deals for some of Europe's most revered talent, Chelsea aren't slowing in their summer tirade.

Jose Mourinho is assembling a squad of terrifying power in West London, but after experiencing a rare, trophy-less campaign in 2013-14, the Blues boss isn't holding back as he goes about his recruitment.

Read on for a breakdown of the latest developments to have emerged around some potentially big deals for the English big guns.

Diego Lopez

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 23: Diego Lopez of Real Madrid makes a save during a Real Madrid training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 23, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Michael Reg
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Potentially making the jump from one hotly contested goalkeeping situation to the next, Diego Lopez could leave the pressures of Real Madrid for the equally daunting prospects of Chelsea this month.

According to the Express' Charles Perrin, the Spaniard may see Keylor Navas' imminent arrival from Levante push him out of Carlo Ancelotti's line-up, with Iker Casillas making a supposed surge back to No. 1.

However, beIN Sports quotes Ancelotti stating that his stopper is going nowhere:

Diego Lopez looks good, as always. He is working hard and is very professional. There's no news on his exit. He's a Real Madrid player and won't play [against United] because I want to give Iker some minutes, as he will play the Super Cup.

We had problems with the goalkeeping situation last year, and I don't want to talk about Navas, a goalkeeper who right now isn't Real Madrid's.

Thibaut Courtois is finally set to make an impact at Stamford Bridge, but any Lopez arrival will depend on the immediate future of Petr Cech, who remains adamant to continue his decade-long streak with the club.

Pierre-Aumerick Aubameyang

It's been revealed that Chelsea will not be getting their hands on the talents of Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Aumerick Aubameyang this summer.

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The Gabon international ruled out a move away from Signal Iduna Park, according to German newspaper Bild (h/t Daily Star's Chisanga Malata):

I am under contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2018. I never wanted to leave, and I am not out to leave the club. There has been no-one trying to lure me away from Dortmund. That’s a fact. I have heard all of the rumours, the interest from Italy and so on. Honestly, that is of no interest to me.

Despite having already signed Diego Costa and Didier Drogba this summer, Chelsea continue to be linked with a  factory line of offensive options this summer.

Bundesliga writer Clark Whitney highlights how well Aubameyang has been functioning alongside new Dortmund signing Ciro Immobile:

In the absence of Robert Lewandowski, the former St. Etienne star will be expected to play a bigger responsibility in the Black and Yellows' attack, and Chelsea can forget about his acquisition for the time being, it seems.

Edinson Cavani

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Edinson Cavani of Uruguay looks on before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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One striker they may still hold out some hope of signing, however, is Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan has been associated with a move to Stamford Bridge, per ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney, but Cavani suggests that any past troubles with the club have reached an end.

Delaney's ESPN colleague Raphael Honigstein can't see a move materialising, citing Costa's arrival and Chelsea's need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations as being big factors in the case:

What's more, ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson has observed PSG's pre-season preparations and is of the belief that Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play together this season:

At a believed price of £40 million, Cavani is no resource to consider as a potential backup, as Honigstein attests, and Mourinho may be wiser to chase a target with lower first-team expectations if he's adamant to keep adding to his attack.


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