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Mourinho Draws Up Impressive 3-Man Striker Shot-List After Being Handed £40m Kitty

Jose Mourinho has drawn up a tree-man short-list of Diego Costa, Edinson Cavani and Mario Mandzukic after being handed £40m to spend on a world class front man

The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Jose Mourinho has been given £40m to spend on a striker this summer.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has drawn up a tree-man short-list consisting of Diego Costa, Edinson Cavani and Mario Mandzukic after being given the green light to spend up to £40m on a world class front man this summer, according to reports today.

The Blues were linked with a number of strikers throughout the January transfer window but Mourinho indicated last week that he resisted the chance to add to his attacking options this winter as he was waiting to ‘get what he wants’ in the summer.

It seems what he’s looking for is a genuine world class striker who can propel Chelsea to be a dominant force both in the Premier League and in the Champions League, and the Metro claim that the Portuguese coach has his eye on Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic and PSG’s Edinson Cavani.

The newspaper suggests that owner Roman Abramovich has authorised spending up to £40m on a new front-man at the end of the season and Mourinho has looked to Europe to find a suitable player after giving up on signing Wayne Rooney, with the 28-year-old set to sign a new deal at Manchester United.

While the west Londoners now sit joint-second in the Premier League table after Monday night’s 1-0 win at Manchester City, they have had to battle on this season without a regular goal threat coming from any of their existing trio of strikers.

Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have all done well in patches but aren’t finding the back of the net on a consistent basis and many feel all this Chelsea team lacks is a world class striker to be the finished article.

Costa is understood to be Chelsea’s main target and is available for just £32m due to a release clause in the Spanish forward’s contract – which would represent something of a bargain for a player of his quality – but there is sure to be intense competition for his signature.

Cavani is believed to already be unsettled at PSG after only joining the club in the summer, but reports suggest the Ligue 1 outfit would want at least the £53m they splashed out when buying him from Napoli, which would stretch beyond the £40m Abramovich has set aside.

Mandzukic looks to be on the way out of Bayern Munich after falling out-of-favour under Pep Guardiola and will likely leave once Robert Lewandowski completes his move to the Allianz Arena at the end of the season and a switch to England has been touted as a possibility.

Any of the three strikers understood to be on Mourinho’s radar would make them a stronger unit and Chelsea will be a formidable outfit if they could land one of them this summer.

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Which striker would you like Chelsea to buy this summer? Leave your suggestions below.



  1. Amos Z .Gaye Sr.j

    February 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    we the African fans prefer Diego Costa then any forward now to the kind of players we have

  2. kelechi

    February 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Between diego n canvin I think any of them will fit chelsea style of play

  3. Charles

    February 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    As i wit my fellow wast african cfc fans community,we re all pointin all our hands includin fingers @ D coaster,why cos,cfc latest formation can easily suit him,but i tink b4 capiturin his signatur,1 of our cf has to go,even recal few our players frm loan to cfc 1st xii team jm ur indeed a master coach, bravo jm,bravo cfc.

  4. benjamin samuel

    February 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Diego costa should b d man,mario cant fit in..cavani can but I prefer costa


    February 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I fink Diego is the right man among the trio, he is more settled n almost scores in every game.

  6. nonsofelix

    February 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    pls we cheseal fc in africa suggested diego coasta is the better man for cheseal

  7. Obidollar

    February 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Obidollar will lov to see either Diego or cavani,to finish up all d chances that Nando is wasting.mourinho u be BABA i salute u nd plz try to keep hold of willian kos he is another wizard himself.recall piazon his partern is ok.

  8. Ameh godwin

    February 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    4 d luk of tins dis is anoda opportunit 4 jos 2 gethold of diago or cavani,any of dem r gud bt i prefer diago 2 cavani,i cn’t wait 2 c any of dem “d masterpiece wel dom.

  9. mmuoemenam uchenna

    February 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    i prefer manzukic to others because of goal sense&physical fit

    • Teiger

      February 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Mandzukic is al we need

  10. Balamey Sam

    February 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    We need Diego costa o Cava,one of these killers.

  11. Uche

    February 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Mario madzukic is the most suitable for that striker position, he scores goaallllsss @ease. NATURALLY GIFTED GOAL SCOERE!!!

  12. Adeniyi

    February 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Wi prefer diego costa and cavani. Wi need 1 of d two man pls jose

  13. Amah

    February 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Ppl who says dat Mandzukic shud join Chelsea vry stupid.

    D.costa is d ryt Man 4 Chelsea. He is an instinctive Shooter.
    He is a curve King.
    Costa is a vry Powerful.
    Costa has Stamina, confident.
    He has Speed n Long Shot.
    Xo 2 me, Costa is d ryt Man.

    & no body else

  14. Antonio

    February 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    D.costa is d Best.
    Costa is d ryt Man.
    He is d Best.
    No one else.
    Even if it means payin £55.m 4 Costa, Mourinho shud do evrythng 2 Lure him 2 stamford bridge.

    If dat fails, den Balotelli shud b 2nd option even if he’s nt on d list.

  15. princ chris

    February 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Pls if my coment wil matsh wot we ar sieking 4′ i prefer Diego 4 his ability, experience, nd pattern of play, if nt him dat means wot hapnd 2 Tores Ba nd Eto wil stil repeat it’s self again.

  16. xaurax

    February 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Diego Costa, Mario Mandzukic and Lukaku plus Torres(last year contract and i don’t think he’ll leave) Lukaku will be loaned again but not if we failed upon any of those 3 targets. That’s my guess. But Special 1 and Chealsea board have their own idea. I hope its even better than mine like Matic and Shalah upon Essien and Mata.

  17. B-n nwanekwu nnanwa

    February 5, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    The only 1 know what chelsea needed, we the fans can only gues, but king jose sees far dan fans.

  18. Chukzy

    February 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Simple nd short jose go get costa if that’s what the fans want”pls us for once

  19. Albert chibuike

    February 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Diego Costa is d ryt man 4 chelsea,I salut u king Jose,we love u,u ar truly doing a gr8 job@cfc,u ar d best,special,d only n perfect one

  20. Aremo Dennis

    February 6, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Diego Costa, he is young

  21. GODSON

    February 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Cfc need costa cox fernando need an highly prolific striker to inspire him like sturridge ang suarez.jose mou pls ,biko sign d costa and leave dat courtious in exchange we gat petre cech

  22. Benjamin

    February 6, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Honestly, I prefer mario madzukic cos he is sharp, strong and the league he is playing is tough like EPL so he can fit in

    • James o

      February 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      I prefer Mario madukic

  23. Frank

    February 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Diego z d ryte man

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