With Oscar likely on his way out of West London, the big question is who will replace him? A lot of people are saying it could be easily fixed without spending anything by moving Willian, who had a fantastic season, to the attacking midfield spot and placing Juan Cuadrado out on the right wing.
But that is neither Jose Mourinho’s style of management, nor Roman Abramovich’s method of business. Cuadrado is a fine player but he has yet to adapt to the Premier League and in Mourinho’s eyes, he was an exact replacement for Andre Schurrle who was one of the players the Chelsea manager expected more from but was never satisfied with.
Cuadrado will become a more important part of this Chelsea squad as time goes on however, as he has the work ethic that is needed to succeed under the Portuguese tactician.
As Oscar departs from Stamford Bridge, there are a number of players Mourinho would be interested in adding to his title winning team. However, he would have to ensure it is a player who he believes would make an immediate, positive impact and help his side compete with Europe’s elite.
Rumors have surfaced of a Chelsea bid for Antoine Griezmann, the French wide man whose first season at Atletico Madrid is coming to a close. While he is an exciting, young talent that could potentially produce for the Blues, he has never played in the Premier League and wouldn’t be much different to implementing Cuadrado into the starting line-up.
With the fee that will be received for Oscar, and Abramovich’s willingness to spend regardless, Mourinho will most likely want to go big and bold with his replacement to show the football world he intends for his side to compete for everything over the coming years.
Mourinho doesn’t have to look any further than the club he most recently managed before returning to London to find a player who would most likely favor a move away this summer, and that player is Gareth Bale.
The Welshman is rumoured to be unsettled and frustrated with how his Real Madrid career is going at the moment, and while his agent maintains he will be staying with the Spanish giants, not many players in his position would turn down the chance to play for The Special One.
Bale would provide Mourinho with everything that he would want in a replacement for Oscar. He has already proven himself in the Premier League, he is young with the potential to grow as a player, and while he doesn’t play the same position as Chelsea’s Brazilian playmaker, it would mean that Willian could slide into the middle to fill the void left by Oscar, and Bale could take up the position on the right flank.
The thought of having Eden Hazard, Willian, and Bale supporting goal machine, Diego Costa is undoubtedly intriguing for Mourinho and should the opportunity arise for the Blues’ manager to bring the Welshman to West London, not many would bet against him taking it.