Things are really hotting up now for Chelsea. With Jose Mourinho well and truly back at the helm, transfer speculation surrounding the club has gone chicken oriental. Chelsea have already been linked with a catalogue of strikers in the last fortnight, from Falcao to Rooney and Hulk to Dzeko. It is highly unlikely that Jose has enquired about all of them, so we are left to make up our own minds about which rumours have substance.
The fact that he has spoken to the press about Wayne Rooney would leave us to deduce that he would be interested in the player should he be available. Mourinho said of Rooney:
“I think he is at a fantastic age for a player: maturity, big experience, still young. It’s up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy. He’s a little bit like me: he doesn’t need one more pound in his contract. One more cup won’t make a different. Be happy. Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy.”
But we still think that Rooney will stay at Manchester United.
Another name that has constantly been mentioned in relation to Chelsea and Manchester City is Edinson Cavani. The Napoli striker, who has a sensational record of 74 in 108 for Napoli and 13 in 49 for Uruguay, is one of Europe’s hottest properties right now and a move seems inevitable. The question is, where will he go? Well he has put himself in the shop window by making noises of late about the prospect of working with ‘The Special One’. He told Sky Sports:
“The Special One? It would be a pleasure to be managed by someone like him.”
The Guardian has today reported that Real Madrid have conducted negotiations with representatives of the player. But this would contradict quotes from another interview with Sky Sports where he suggests that Spain might not be his first choice destination:
“I don’t know if Spanish football suits me,”
“Football there is wonderful as everyone knows, you have more freedom, but I don’t know what will happen.”
Sky Sports reports that Cavani apparently has a £53m release clause in his contract but Chelsea and Manchester City would hope to pay a little less than that, even for one so sought after.
So, Chelsea fans, would Cavani top your list of dream team strikers for the club or would one of the other players linked to the club be preferable? Let us know your thoughts.