Mourinho compiles four-man striker shortlist

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will not pursue Wayne Rooney this summer and will instead turn his attention to four other targets.

According to the Evening Standard, the Chelsea boss does not want to get involved in another summer transfer saga after last year's failed chase for Rooney.

The Blues reportedly had two bids rejected by Manchester United for the forward, and in the end settled for Samuel Eto'o.

This time around, Mourinho wants to get his targets lined up early and sound out each one's interest in moving to Stamford Bridge before sanctioning an offer.

The report claims Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa and Monaco's Radamel Falcao are Chelsea's two top targets heading into next summer.

But Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain and Paris St Germain ace Edinson Cavani are also still under consideration.

Although Chelsea possess the necessary financial muscle to sign any of the four top-name forwards, much will depend on willingness to sell.

Still, the Evening Standard notes that signing a world-class striker in the summer is the club's top priority - and Mourinho is desperate to avoid a repeat of last year.

Eto'o has scored just three Premier League goals for the Blues so far, and Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have also struggled in front of goal.

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