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Jose Mourinho keeping tabs on three players in Ukraine

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It seems Jose Mourinho has had enough of Chelsea’s wretched form this campaign and has decided to improve the situation by adding a new face or two if Mircea Lucescu’s words are to be believed.

After speaking to the Portuguese coach, the Shakhtar Donetsk boss has claimed skilful Sevilla winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, fellow compatriot Andriy Yarmolenko, and Brazilian Alex Texeira are all being considered by Mourinho as potential new signings.

The Chelsea manager was spotted in Kiev last Monday watching the Euro 2016 Group C qualifier between Ukraine and Spain, in which Spain won 1-0.

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Lucescu said: "Mourinho is interested in Yevhen Konoplyanka, I was at Ukraine versus Spain with Mourinho and he is interested in some players,

"Perhaps it is Yarmolenko or Teixeira, if not, then it is Konoplyanka." 

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The Blues have had a dismal season thus far, losing five of their ten matches prior to Saturday’s encouraging 2-0 home win over Aston Villa.

It feels unlikely that Mourinho will not pine Abramovich for reinforcements during the January transfer window, if only to freshen things up.

Diego Costa‘s slow start will also surely have caused feelings of consternation from his manager.

Summer loanee arrival Radamel Falcao has also been in similarly spluttering form since his switch from Manchester to London – netting just a single goal in eight competitive matches.

NOT CHELSEA’S FIRST UKRAINIAN

If Mourinho does press ahead with the signing of either Konoplyanka or Yarmolenko, it wouldn’t be the first time Chelsea have had a Ukrainian player on their books.

Back in May 2006, the London club splashed out £30 million to bring Andriy Shevchenko from the San Siro to Stamford Bridge.

However, the Ukrainian struggled to adapt to the Premier League's physical style and never quite reproduced his Milan form on British shores, only clocking in with a disappointing nine goals in 47 league matches.

Chelsea supporters will be hoping that their next Ukrainian hire will fare much better.

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