Francesc Fabregas has already arrived to fill the hole left by the departed Frank Lampard, Diego Costa has confirmed his intentions to succeed in firing Chelsea to the Premier League title and Filipe Luis has, despite Atletico Madrid’s best efforts, agreed to become Ashley Cole’s like for like replacement.
All in all, it’s turning out to be a pretty good transfer window for Jose Mourinho.
And yet good has never been good enough for The Special One. He’s won countless titles at numerous big clubs, made the careers of a number of high-profile stars and left a rich reputation virtually everywhere he’s been. All of that is down to his mantra of settling for nothing less than the best.
Mourinho wanting perfection
Jokes aside, the Portuguese’s comments that Chelsea were the “little horse” in last season’s title race were proven true. Though the Blues had a gifted set of players they were far from the finished product the side that stormed to the league title during Mourinho’s first stint in charge had been. Simply put, there were flaws within the squad which Manchester City didn’t have. They were good, just not Mourinho good.
As such it’s no surprise that he’s decided to ring the changes this summer and breathe life into what could easily have been a decaying spine made up of former greats such as Lampard, Cole, John Terry and Fernando Torres. But whilst he’s largely managed to acquire his desired targets in next to no time at all and with minimal fuss, there remains one position which he wants to strengthen, but has thus far been unable to do so.
To say Mourinho dreams of an unparalleled midfield triarch is an understatement. Nemanja Matic’s arrival in January gave him the defensive general he often craves to protect his back four, the purchase of Fabregas has given him natural link up between the front-line and the midfield, and now all he wants is a box-to-box engine in order to complete a masterfully constructed puzzle.
The move for Khedira
Initially it was thought that Manchester United’s lost starlet Paul Pogba was the man Mourinho wanted, however murmurs of interest in Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira have steadily been growing in significance. Now they appear to have peaked, and Spanish sources claim that the Chelsea boss in actively staging an eleventh hour hijack of the German international’s proposed move to Arsenal.
Much in the same way as he managed to swindle Brazilian Willian away from Tottenham’s clutches before they could finalise an agreement, it’s said Mourinho is attempting to convince Khedira to dismiss the notion of moving to the Emirates Stadium so that he can involve him in his Stamford Bridge plans for next season. However there is a difference; Willian was a good capture, Khedira would be a world-class one.
The 27-year-old embodies everything that Mourinho is looking for in a candidate to occupy that role between Fabregas and Matic, and his ball-winning abilities have long been a trademark part of his game. At Madrid his services can be dispensed of with little worry thanks to the fact that Asier Illarramendi is waiting in the wings and the club needs money to fund a move for James Rodriguez, but make no mistake, Khedira is very much at the peak of his powers.
Premier League winners?
Confident of his capabilities from the time the pair spent together in Madrid, Mourinho knows that the Germany star’s traits are suited to the rigours of Premier League football, and his ambitions of grandeur and across-the-board dominance would be heightened were he to land him.
Wenger will likely be ready to hit the panic button if the reports of Mourinho’s scheming are grounded in truth, but that will bother the Blues manager little. If he can steal Khedira away from Arsenal he will not only hit one of his biggest rivals with an untimely blow, but also turn his so called little horse into a very capable stallion indeed.