Even the most optimistic Chelsea fans couldn’t have foreseen just how active Jose Mourinho would be during the January transfer window, with The Special One having seemingly devised a plan to address the supposed frailties in his squad.
Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah look like being the casualties this month, with both heavily linked with moves away. Yet it’s the player’s who could potentially come in who will be of most interest to Blues supporters, and in that respect they’re not going to be let down.
Today’s rumour mills remain bursting at the seams with speculation inferring Chelsea are on the verge of more than one deal. For your convenience we’ve assembled the best ones here.
Leading the charge there’s the latest on the case of Brazilian forward Douglas Costa, who if you’ll remember declared late last week that a transfer to Stamford Bridge would represent a dream.
In response Mourinho flirted with the idea by admitting he was very happy Costa had taken his thoughts public, and the latest reports coming from the continent provide a timely update to the back-and-forth.
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This time Costa has confirmed that he has asked his club not to stand in the way of a prospective west London move, and that they have responded by promising him to help where they can. It sounds very rosy from the outside, but whether or not Shakhtar will agree to sell him for less than the £30 million they’re looking for remains to be seen.
Next up there’s the gossip focusing on the other man Mourinho might draft in to fill any void made by the departure of either Schurrle or Salah; Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian’s name has been bandied about so much this month that it’s a doubt even he knows what’s true or what isn’t, but the latest piece of choice suggests Chelsea have agreed a deal for £23 million, so long as Salah consents to going the other way.
City's Pogba raid
Meanwhile the Blues are going to have to move quickly to clinch the capture of Paul Pogba, who is also wanted by a host of other top European sides. Manchester City are now edging into pole position virtue of being ready to send Juventus target Stevan Jovetic the other way to lower the cost, and so Mourinho will have to act if he wants to get his man.