Stamford Bridge side ready to spend big.
Jose Mourinho looks set to return to Stamford Bridge this summer and the Daily Mail claims that the Portuguese boss has drawn up a three man list of ‘Premium’ targets that could well set Chelsea back upwards of £150m.
Roman Abramovich is expected to welcome back Mourinho to take over from Rafa Benitez as permanent Chelsea boss and will hand the former Blues boss a hefty transfer warchest.
Mourinho will look to see off interest from Man United to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to the West London club, a move that could well be a tough one to pull off for a number of reasons.
One would imagine that the Bernabeu side would fight tooth and nail to keep the 28 year old goal machine and seem highly unlikely to sell to an outgoing boss, especially one who has been such a contentious appointment. It is also seems implausible that the former Man United attacker would consider a move back to the Premier League to join any side other than the Old Trafford club that helped make him the star he is today.
Ronaldo may have amassed 200+ goals in his four seasons at Real Madrid since his £80m move from Man United in 2009 but has not tasted a great deal of success in tangible terms, managing just one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey triumph to show for his efforts.
Jose Mourinho has also targeted Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who has helped make the San Paolo side a genuine Serie A title contender and is the top scorer in Italy this term.
The Uruguayan may well be swayed by the chance of a move to Chelsea and the Premier League side could well do with an injection of a prolific striker. Fernando Torres, seemingly more than able to score in cup competitions, has gone 16 Premier League matches without a goal and Demba Ba has managed just two since arriving in January.
Cavani impressed at Palermo before moving to Naples and has scored 103 goals in 137 matches the Partenopei.
Wayne Rooney is also a major Chelsea target with Abramovich keen on landing the 27 year old England man, who has handed in a transfer request.
The Old Trafford side have told interested parties that the club’s fourth highest goal-scorer of all time is not for sale, however if Rooney continues to stick to his guns then they may have to re-think their attitude towards the former Everton man.
Given that Rooney made a verbal request to leave BEFORE David Moyes was announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, it’s likely that given the fractious relationship between the two would only heighten the chances of the Man United striker looking to leave.
The arrival of Robin Van Persie has seen Rooney adopt a more withdrawn attacking position and perhaps the chance of a move to Chelsea would tempt the Man United marksman.