Panic stations for Mourinho as Chelsea miss out on primary targets

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Since Roman Abramovich's takeover of Chelsea in 2003, transfer windows have become something of a holiday for Blues fans given their frequent involvement and expenditure.

Year after year, the champions have suitable bolstered their squad to become the incredible force that they are today, with most expecting them to emulate such spending power each season.

However, this summer hasn't really gone as Jose Mourinho or Chelsea fans would have hoped.


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A positive start to the window saw out-of-form Radamel Falcao join from AS Monaco on a season-long loan following a disappointing year at Manchester United, and having netted his first goal in a blue shirt on Saturday has sparked hope that he might be a worthwhile acquisition.

Falcao was followed by the relatively unknown Abdul Baba Rahman, who shot into the limelight after an impressive season in the Bundesliga with FC Augsburg. To add to this, he was part of the African Cup of Nations with his home nation Ghana, who finished runners up to the Ivory Coast in February.

And yet despite being relatively unknown, he still cost Chelsea around £20 million while Mourinho would have hoped to have added higher calibre defenders to a somewhat ageing defence, with it being a well publicised that the club had been pursuing Everton defender John Stones, tipped by many to be England captain one day.

Earlier in the summer, Chelsea failed with three failed bids for the youngster from Barnsley, ranging from £20 million to a rumoured £38 million. Everton had repeatedly told Chelsea that he wasn't for sale and that they were not a 'selling club', yet the proposition of moving to a world-class club proved too tempting for Stones, who subsequently handed in a transfer request.

His request was denied, however, meaning Chelsea sought for more options. In what can only be described as a last-ditch attempt, Mourinho enquired into the availability of Paris Saint-German starlet Marquinhos on transfer deadline day, lodging two big-money bids in the process, but ultimately missed out on him also.

Desperate times called for desperate measures it seemed, with Mourinho uncharacteristically dipping into Ligue 1 and the Championship for centre-backs Papy Djilobodji (Nantes) and Michael Hector (Reading) respectively - both unknown entities to most if not all Chelsea and both are being labelled as panic buys.

Chelsea fans can at least take comfort by the high-profile signing of Pedro from Barcelona in a deal worth around £20 million, though in truth going forward has never been Chelsea's issue so much as defending, outlining the problem as above.

After one of the worst starts to a season for a reigning champions, with 4 points out of 4 games, something has to give for the men in blue and the Special One, but one thing for sure is that the men they wanted to add to their ranks are staying put - for now.

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