Life is never dull at Stamford Bridge at transfer window time, so as we approach the 1st July, things are definitely heating up!
Firstly, it seems that there are signs of activity surrounding Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, who currently plays for Napoli in Serie A. It was thought originally that Monaco was at the head of the queue, but now they have Falcao, they have pulled out of the race for the striker, leaving Chelsea in pole position. Chelsea will hold crunch talks with Napoli in the next 24 hours to try to bring their Uruguayan hitman Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge, with the Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis evidently quoted as saying that he would welcome talks. Mourinho would have preferred Lewandowski from Dortmund, but the German club have stated that they will not sell the player this year, leaving Cavani as their next best option, albeit probably more expensive. Mourinho has been reminded about the FFP rules now applying, so any extra spent on Cavani will mean less for anybody else.
Juan Mata was the Chelsea player of the year last season, scoring 19 goals and 35 assists, however, Barcelona have targeted Juan Mata for a shock summer swoop because they believe he has fallen out with Jose Mourinho. Whilst Mourinho has not yet spoken to players still in the Confederations Cup, he has evidently blocked a wage increase due the 25-year-old under the terms of his current contract for his scoring and assists achievements. Reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona have made overtures to his representatives and his father in an attempt to unsettle the player by suggesting that Mourinho will utilize Eden Hazard in Mata`s role next season.
Fernando Torres has evidently told the media in Spain that Mourinho has a plan to utilize him in a special capacity; however, one quick-witted lampoon artists suggested that it was to cut up the oranges at half-time! Whilst that may seem a little cruel, it will be interesting to see what exactly Mourinho does with the faltering striker.
Finally, we have the situation surrounding David Luiz. It is common knowledge that Mourinho is not a fan of the flamboyant defender so once again, Chelsea`s nemesis, Barcelona have stepped in and disrupted matters, by making Luiz's international centre-back partner Thiago Silva, of Paris Saint-Germain, their prime defensive target for the summer. And if Silva does leave PSG, the money-bags French side will step up their bid to land £35m-rated Luiz, who has admitted asking international team-mates including Silva and Lucas Moura about life at the Ligue 1 champions.
“All aboard” the merry-go-round at Stamford Bridge, even before Mourinho has got his feet fully back under the table.