Chelsea have already made their first move in their attempts to give Jose Mourinho the opportunity to repeat the initial success he enjoyed in his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge and more are set to follow. The long pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle ended successfully last week, but there remain areas of the side that Mourinho will undoubtedly be keen to strengthen.
His priority appears to be capturing a leading striker, with neither Fernando Torres nor Demba Ba displaying the requisite quality required for a side aiming for Premier League and Champions League glory.
The club has been linked with some top names in recent weeks, with five, in particular, appearing to be firmly on their radar.
Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina) After being highly-touted for several seasons, the 23-year-old looks set to join one of Europe’s elite this summer having agreed last year to stay for one more season on the condition that he could leave if an offer of €30 million (£25.5m) is forthcoming. Chelsea are believed to be among a list of clubs chasing his signature, which also includes Juventus and Chelsea. Jovetic is not the target man type of striker that Mourinho typically favors, however, and it remains to be seen how he would be used were he to move to Stamford Bridge.
Edinson Cavani (Napoli) The Uruguay striker has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading strikers having scored 78 goals in the past three Serie A season for Napoli. His record also means that Napoli feel justified in refusing to countenance any offer for their star man that doesn’t meet his €63 million (£53.5m) release clause. While Chelsea are believed to be interested in Cavani, that lofty figure may yet persuade the Blues to look elsewhere.
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Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) There continues to be no word from either Rooney or Manchester United about the future of the England international after Sir Alex Ferguson claims that the England international asked to leave Old Trafford was followed by a denial from the player’s camp. Chelsea are said to be among the club’s monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation, although it remains to be seen whether United would sell him to a Premier League rival.
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) Despite averaging close to a goal a game between 2010-12, the physically-strong front man found himself out of the Bayern Munich team on his return from injury last season. With Gomez not offering a great deal else to the side beyond his goals, it is difficult to see that the Germany international’s first-team chances will be enhanced with the arrival of Pep Guardiola. A decent offer would surely be considered by Bayern and Mourinho is said to be interested.
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) Perhaps the best all-round and most in-demand striker in the world right now, Lewandowski is locked in a battle over his future with Borussia Dortmund. The Poland international wants to join Bayern Munich. His club, understandably, have denied that request and they have also now said that he will be seeing out the remaining year of his contract. But that could yet change if rumored-suitors Chelsea make a substantial bid that gives Dortmund the chance to recoup some money on the 24-year-old rather than lose him for nothing in 12 months’ time.