Mourinho keen to replace Cech and sign two more.
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Chelsea transfer news
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho appears to have set his sights on three new signings for the summer as he identifies his main priority targets, according to a report in the Daily Star.
The Premier League champions are looking likely to be in need of a replacement goalkeeper after club owner Roman Abramovich supposedly gave Petr Cech the go-ahead to move to rivals Arsenal. Despite manager Mourinho being keen not to see the 33-year-old shot-stopper join a direct title contender, it seems the long-serving Czech Republic international will be allowed to do so after his years of great service at Stamford Bridge.
With Thibaut Courtois now the undisputed number one, it makes sense that Chelsea want to make a new signing in goal in order to have a reliable backup option, with the inexperienced England youth international Jamal Blackman perhaps the next in line for the club to sit on the bench if Cech does move to the Emirates Stadium.
Elsewhere, the Star adds that Mourinho has been keen to sign a new striker and a new defender in addition to a new backup keeper, with these three players claimed to be the Portuguese coach’s main targets:
1) Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers)
Despite also looking at Norwich City keeper John Ruddy, the Star claims that Chelsea have more hope of signing the experienced Rob Green from relegated QPR, with life in the Championship next season perhaps not so appealing for the 35-year-old at this stage of his career. Having played at the top level for so long, Green looks a smart buy to play as understudy to Courtois, even if he is clearly not of the same standard of a player like Cech; indeed, his increased chances of being willing to sit on the bench for large chunks of the season make him absolutely ideal for what the Blues want.