A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
In the wake of his return to Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has said that the Premier League is as strong as ever, despite the poor performances by English sides in the Champions League this season. The Portuguese manager also said that the league was more competitive now compared to his previous tenure.
"When I was here before it was more about us, Man United and Arsenal and after that there was a gap to the other teams,” he said.
"Now you can put five or six teams in the same plan, aiming to reach the Champions League spots which is very difficult, with those with more ambition aiming to win the Premier League.”
Mourinho has been linked with plenty of transfer activity already, but he is apparently planning to give Romelu Lukaku a chance to impress in the Chelsea first team. Lukaku is in favour of going out on loan if he is not guaranteed first team football at Stamford Bridge, but might be played in a similar to manner to how Mourinho used Didier Drogba in his first spell at Chelsea.
However Mourinho might face a fight to keep Lukaku at Stamford Bridge if he cannot find a place in his first team for him, with the striker keen to play regularly ahead of the World Cup next summer.
Another Chelsea striker keen to impress is Fernando Torres, who is hoping to vindicate Vicente Del Bosque’s choice to recall him to the Spain squad. Torres had been left out of the previous two Spain squads, but now has an opportunity to impress at the Confederations cup this month ahead of the World Cup next summer.
However there is still plenty of speculation linking Chelsea with a new striker, and the latest player reportedly being considered is Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian is set to leave the Etihad after failing to nail down a starting place, but had been expected to return to the Bundesliga.
Andre Schurrle is still expected to be Chelsea’s first signing this summer, and Mourinho is apparently lining up perhaps three more players to follow the German forward through the doors at Stamford Bridge.
One surprising name being linked is Wesley Sneijder, who moved to Galatasaray in January. Sneijder worked under Mourinho at Inter, and having been unable to replicate the form he showed playing for the Portuguese manager, he might be keen to reunite with him at Stamford Bridge. On HITC today, we suggest it would be very hard for the Dutch playmaker to turn Chelsea down.
However Mourinho has reportedly been told that he will be not able to splash the cash indiscriminately, with Chelsea’s board keen to ensure the Blues are able to comply with new Financial Fair Play regulations adopted by both UEFA and the FA.
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