Premier League champions Chelsea have endured a rough start to the 2015-16 campaign and only three months into the season, manager Jose Mourinho has already conceded winning back-to-back titles to be an impossible task.
The statement mainly highlights the fact that the Blues have been goal-shy all season and none of their forward line of Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao or Loic Remy have been able to come up with stand-out performances - a vast contrast to last season.
A combined goal tally of four goals among the strikers at Stamford Bridge may have now prompted Mourinho to look for other options in the transfer market.
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According to the Mirror, Chelsea are set to enter the race for Southampton sensation Sadio Mane. The youngster has been an instant hit at St. Mary’s since he joined from Red Bull Salzburg last year for £11.8 million.
After a string of outstanding performances, especially against the top clubs in England, Mane is a subject of interest for the English giants.
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Manchester United are known admirers of the Senegal international and have been rumoured to be close to signing him in recent transfer windows, but nothing materialised, with Southampton maintaining their stance that there have been no talks with the Red Devils regarding the matter.
Chelsea have had first-hand experience of the Saints speedster when Southampton beat them 3-1 earlier this season.
Array of skills
Mane is astute at playing on either flanks, as well as a secondary striker with pace, dribbling and finishing being the main traits of his style-of-play.
Manager Ronald Koeman has groomed the 23-year-old into one of the most sought after stars across Europe, as German heavyweights Bayern Munich were also poised to lure him to the Allianz Arena last term.
Mane still has three more years to run down on his current contract with the Saints and the Southampton hierarchy are desperate to tie him down to a new deal as soon as possible to fend off any possible suitors.
Chelsea registered their first win in four games in the Premier League after three consecutive losses, courtesy of Diego Costa’s goal but their Portuguese manager remains far from impressed.
Mourinho spoke of his disappointment to BBC, after Chelsea failed to capitalise on the chances created and only managed the single goal, despite dominating the proceedings at Stamford Bridge against Norwich.
But with the star-studded players available at the west London club, will it be wise for Mane to move to Chelsea? Although proving to be a dynamic entity in the Premier League, Goal.com claim Southampton are confident Mane would resist any advances from other clubs in order to stay on the South Coast.
Mane has scored six goals in 17 games in all competitions and is geared up for further challenges ahead.
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