In terms of Monaco’s potential impact on Chelsea’s transfer business this summer, most Blues fans will be most worried about the the Ligue 1 side blowing their team out of the water in the race for Radamel Falcao.
If speculation is to be believed, that move might go through as soon as next week, but the transfer Monaco have already concluded could also have an affect on Chelsea’s summer.
Monaco’s €70million double swoop on Porto saw Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez sent shockwaves through Europe and clearly demonstrated their ambition to compete at the highest level.
It also saw the Portuguese team make another healthy profit on their players, and Chelsea might worry that they will be content to keep hold of the rest of their players this summer.
Mourinho is reportedly keen to bring Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala to Stamford Bridge to bolster Chelsea’s back line. However Porto might be more concerned with finding replacements for Moutinho and Rodriguez than selling another young star.
Mangala has broken through to become a key player in their first team this season, and has all the attributes to become a top quality defender in the next few years.
If Chelsea did come calling Mangala himself might be keen to move to London; with the 22-year-old perhaps considering that a regular place at the Blues would help his chances of breaking into the French senior side ahead of the World Cup next year.
However Porto have shown themselves to be formidable negotiators in the transfer market over the past few seasons, and having already pocketed €70million this summer, they will be in a position of strength in any further dealings this summer.
If Mourinho only has a squad role in mind for Mangala, then he might prove too costly this summer, so if Chelsea do step up their interest in the defender when Mourinho is confirmed at Stamford Bridge, there might be a few nervous players at the Blues wondering if the Porto man is going to take their place in the side.
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