Chelsea may be reeling after their shock FA Cup exit at the hands of League One Bradford City on Saturday, probably causing Jose Mourinho’s mood on his birthday to not be quite so bubbly, but the defeat has not put off players admitting a desire to turn out for the Blues.
Leading 2-0 in the first half at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s men were complacent in the extreme and swede eventually beaten 4-2 by the Bantams. Along with Manchester City’s defeat at home to Middlesborough, it was the shock of the fourth round.
"But really, what catches my eye is the coach. He is a very intelligent coach and has been victorious wherever he went" - Costa
The Blues do not have time to linger on the disappointment, however, as there is only a week left of the transfer window and they will need to get busy if they are to bring in any new faces. One person who is desperate for a switch to the Premier League leaders is Shakhtar Donetsk star Douglas Costa.
It may have been one of his most embarrassing episodes as a manager, but the defeat has done little to damage Mourinho’s reputation in the eyes of the Brazilian playmaker. Costa was open about his desire to become a Chelsea player, citing the brilliance of the Portuguese as a coach as to why he is so keen.
“To play at Chelsea is a dream for any player. It is standing next to some of the best players in the world and competing with the world’s best as well,” the 24-year-old is quoted as saying in a report from The Sun.
“But really, what catches my eye is the coach. He is a very intelligent coach and has been victorious wherever he went. One of the things that would make me happier to act at Chelsea would be this.”
According to the report Costa is one of the names on Mourinho’s list of targets for the January transfer window, with the Ukrainian club hoping to bring in a transfer fee in the region of £22million.
Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado is hopeful that a deal can be agreed between his club and the Blues this month, as he is desperate to complete a £26.8million move to Stamford Bridge inside the seven days remaining of the transfer window.
According to Sky Sports, the Serie A club are reluctant to part with the Colombia international but they could be persuaded with bid in of the above price. However, the report also claims that any move would hinge in whether Jose Mourinho can offload one of Andre Schürrle or Mohamed Salah.
Chelsea are considering a sensational swoop for Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling after a second contract offer made to him was knocked back. According to the Express, the Anfield club are offering the 20-year-old £70,000 per week but his representatives are looking for something closer to £100,000 a week.
Brendan Rodgers was positive about an agreement being made with Sterling’s agent in the near future, but interest emanating from Stamford Bridge is likely to only increase their confidence the young England international can get more than is currently being offered by the Reds.