Published on February 18th, 2014 | by soccersweep9
Chelsea – new No.1 summer target?
Jose’s back! Some had begun to think that Mourinho had mellowed, during his 6 year sabbatical from The Premier League,
But he has slowly cranked up the intensity of the title race over the last fortnight by generating some fighting talk aimed at Arsenal and Manchester City.
The Chelsea boss obviously has a sniff of glory and feels that it’s time to find the psychological high ground, as he has so many times over his controversial, yet highly successful career.
But if Chelsea don’t win the title this season Jose won’t be too frustrated. You get the feeling that he has well and truly sunk his teeth into Chelsea for the long-term and wants to build a squad in his ideal image.
This team will most probably include a new striker. Unless Mourinho can coax the best out of a Fernando Torres who seems in terminal decline, then a stellar striker will be on the cards. In response to questions from reporters about why he hadn’t signed striker in January, Mourinho said:
I’ve said that for a couple of months. Nothing in January [for a forward]. For many people, you and our fans, people don’t understand why we didn’t do anything. But in the summer you will understand why we didn’t do anything.”
So we expect Chelsea to do a big deal for a striker in the summer. The question is who? Mourinho speaks as if a deal is already in the pipeline. Cavani, Balotelli, Hulk and other high profile strikers have been linked. But reports today suggest that Chelsea may go down a different route. The Guardian says:
Elsewhere, you’d think José Mourinho had enough on his plate, what with his relentless spat with Arsène Wenger, but, after running out of “Kick Me” stickers, he has once more turned his attention to managing a football team. That his Chelsea team is short of a centre-forward who does what centre-forwards are meant to do is well known…
….Mario Mandzukic is precisely the kind of lump to appreciate his patronage, and will be displaced this summer when Robert Lewandowski arrives in Munich.
Mandzukic, 27, has represented Croatia 46 times scoring 13 goals. He’s been at Bayern Munich for a similar number of matches and scored 16 goals. He moved from Wolfsburg in 2012 for £13m Euros after netting 20 goals in 56 games.
In general, he’s got a super scoring record wherever he has played. He look a like a safe bet, if not the dream signing.
Let’s see the lad in action. Chelsea fans – potatoes boiled?
Follow us on Twitter @soccersweep10