Jose Mourinho wanted Chelsea to sign Gareth Bale, Raheem Sterling and John Stones to give the club the best possible chance of successfully defending their Premier League crown this season.
However, according to The Sun, Mourinho’s pleas to strengthen his squad were ignored by the club’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.
The report states that Mourinho felt “frustrated and concerned” in the summer after his calls to bolster his title-winning squad were deemed “excessive and unnecessary”. It claims an attitude of “cockiness and complacency” had set in among the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea won the title by eight points and were being tipped to dominate English football for years to come.
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Chelsea did some business over the summer - Asmir Begovic, Abdul Baba Rahman and Radamel Falcao all came in - but it seems Mourinho had his sights set on several marquee signings to remain ahead of the pack.
Manchester United were so successful during the 1990s and early 2000s because Sir Alex Ferguson would always do his utmost to ensure the club never stood still, and Mourinho was concerned over the summer with Chelsea’s short-sighted approach.
Friend: Mourinho knew Chelsea could struggle
“Jose felt he was being asked to work miracles,” a close friend of Mourinho’s is quoted as saying by The Sun. “The club thought he didn’t need any new players, that essentially the same squad could dominate again.
“But he knew differently. He laughed at the idea but not because he found the situation funny — far from it.
“He knew he needed a fresh injection of talent, he knew he needed to increase competition for places and depth to his squad.
“He knew it was dangerous to stand still and give other sides the opportunity to play catch-up.”
Mourinho was ambitious with his targets
However, was Mourinho being a little too ambitious with his transfer targets?
Everton made it clear towards the end of the summer transfer window that Stones would not be leaving Goodison Park - and they backed up their words by rejecting a series of generous offers from the Blues.
Bale, meanwhile, had no intention of quitting Real Madrid. The Welshman endured a difficult second season at the Bernabeu but, following productive talks with Rafael Benitez, decided it was best to stay in Spain.
The most obtainable of Mourinho’s three transfer targets was Sterling, who signed for Manchester City in a £49 million deal from Liverpool.
As a London lad, Sterling almost certainly would have been tempted by the opportunity to join Chelsea, but City were the only club prepared to meet Liverpool’s huge asking price.
Chelsea fans: were the club stupid not to listen to Jose Mourinho over the summer? Which players should you have signed? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!