Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to wrap up a £50million deal for three Atletico Madrid stars by the end of this week, as he seeks to give his side the best possible chance of dominating the Premier League next season.
Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Tiago have all be specified as priority targets for the summer, and with a deal for the former all but done the Daily Mirror is reporting that the latter two are now Mourinho’s primary concern. It’s believed that Luis will fly into London on Saturday in order to attempt to finalise terms and undergo a medical, whilst veteran midfielder Tiago is available on a free transfer and so could also become a Blues player by Sunday.
The fact that Mourinho has moved so efficiently in order to back his ambitions to make Chelsea the leading force in English football once again will be satisfying for fans of the west London club, who are having to cope with the emotional exits of both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. John Terry looks set to stay for at least another season, but none can deny that this isn’t a period of heavy transition for Blues supporters who have seen the spine of their side relatively unchanged since Mourinho’s first tenure at the club which ended in 2007.
Costa’s purchase is one which will install belief that Chelsea can compete with their fiercest rivals in terms of their ability to score goals, as the trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have been attributed a large portion of the blame for the team's failure to find the back of the net regularly last term. The Atletico Madrid star netted a very healthy 36 goals in all competitions as Diego Simeone’s side clinched a surprise La Liga title, and the fact that he has reportedly already completed a medical means that the £32million deal for him will go through regardless of what happens with Luis and Tiago.
That being said Mourinho is intent on the acquisition of all three men in a bundle deal which has a valuation of approximately £50million. Luis is needed to replace the departing Cole, as any potential deal for Luke Shaw looks to have gone stagnant, whilst the 33-year-old Tiago is viewed as the sort of the player who will not only add squad depth but also provide a reliable backup in the midfield area.