Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea are in a position to spend £50m on a new striker when the transfer window re-opens this summer.
The Blues have been strongly linked with several forwards in recent weeks, including Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, and Mourinho hinted that a deal to bring in a striker of that calibre could be done before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
"I think Chelsea can do that,” Mourinho told reporters in his pre-match press conference on Friday. "I think Chelsea can't do that with four or five players and bring in the investment for £200m or £250m, but Chelsea can do that with one player.
"That is the work Chelsea is doing and I think that's possible for Chelsea, yes."
Mourinho has been unimpressed with his current batch of strikers since he returned to Stamford Bridge last summer, while he even suggested that the much-maligned Fernando Torres is, in his opinion, not even a ‘real striker’ following his disappointing display against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Torres is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, although Mourinho insists the Spanish World Cup winner still has a future at the club, despite his comments from earlier this week. However, the Portuguese coach admitted that he wants to see more from Torres.
"Does he have a future? Yes, he has," Mourinho added. "He is under contract, he's a good professional. He works hard for the team, he brings positive things to the team.
"Obviously, we want him to score more goals. Obviously, he wants to score more goals. It's not just me that wants.
"People that give everything they have you never can blame and you never can complain.
"When he's on the pitch he tries to do his best. Obviously we want more. Obviously.
"He's the first one that wants more, but he's the kind of player I respect, he deserves to be respected and there's nothing more you can say about it."
Chelsea fans: which striker should your club spend £50m on this summer? Costa, Falcao, Cavani or someone else?