Jose Mourinho will be forced to scour the transfer market if he wants to sign a top quality centre-back this summer, as Diego Simeone has flatly ruled out the sale of Diego Godin.
Simeone not interested
The Uruguayan is just one of a host of stars tipped to leave Atletico Madrid for pastures new this summer following their fantastic campaign, but while the likes of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Tiago could complete moves in the coming weeks, Simeone is desperate to keep his captain.
The Atletico boss, fresh from lifting the La Liga title and collecting a Champions League runners' up medal last term, told Spanish newspaper Marca that he would never let Godin go, amidst strong rumours that Chelsea are looking to take him to Stamford Bridge. That should mean that the 28-year-old remains at the Vicente Calderon stadium, meaning Mourinho will have to turn his attentions towards landing an alternative.
The likes of Eliaquim Mangala of Porto, Mehdi Benatia of Roma and even Real Madrid's Raphael Varane have been mentioned as possible options, though all three are rated highly by their respective clubs. Mourinho will most likely put youngster Kurt Zouma out on loan for another season before he is given the chance to stake a claim for a first-team spot and, with David Luiz having been sold and John Terry firmly in the twilight of his career, Chelsea's back line looks precariously thin on the ground.
On the defensive front the Blues could however make a surprise move for Diego Poyet, son of former star Gus Poyet, as the highly-rated full-back has rejected the option of signing a new contract with Charlton. Mourinho will face competition from Manchester City for his signature, but Chelsea could be favourites due to his father’s ties with the west London giants.
The 19-year-old impressed last season, and would undoubtedly be a good addition to the squad due to the fact he wouldn't cost anything. He's been hotly tipped for a bright future in the game and, under Mourinho's management, there's every chance he could go one step further to realising his potential were he to make the Stamford Bridge switch.
Chelsea fans have had little to complain about so far this summer as Mourinho has acted decisively in the market, already having bagged the signature of Francesc Fabregas. Deals for the aforementioned Costa and Luis are also said to be in the pipeline, whilst the Blues are also interested in Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich and Galatasaray's Bruma.